MP Lloyd Longfield on Thursday pledged to “support the recognition in law of the right to a healthy environment for all people in Canada” as part of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot campaign.
The Blue Dot movement is a national grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and a say in decisions that affect our health and well-being, according to its website.
Since 2014, more than 110,000 people across Canada have stood up to have this right recognized and protected, and it’s working, Blue Dot claims. As a result of volunteer efforts, 173 municipalities have passed resolutions in support, and the organization is aiming to take it federal.
Ultimately, they aim to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment, so that Canada can join the 110 countries around the world that already have this right included in their constitutions.
“Later today, we will recognize Bill C-68,” Longfield added in a tweet. The piece of legislation that secures greater protection and conservation measures for fish and fish habitats on the coastal areas of Canada.
Longfield signed the pledge from Ottawa.