Protecting environmental rights has never been more important
The Blue Dot Movement has long called for strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to recognize environmental rights. Government committed to modernizing CEPA, but a leaked memo reveals that the oil industry is using COVID-19 as a pretext for pressuring Ottawa to postpone amendments.
Don’t let the oil industry have the last word! Now is the time to raise your voice. Tell your MP and the environment minister that you want to see CEPA modernized by year’s end.
We’re encouraged that the oil industry’s call to roll back climate action in response to COVID-19 is not gaining traction. As the prime minister said, “Just because we’re in one crisis right now doesn’t mean we can forget about the other one — the climate crisis that we are also facing as a world and as a country.”
The David Suzuki Foundation supports the emergency relief government has provided to workers and their families, to see them through the pandemic. At the same time, we urge government to put the country on track to meet its target to be net-zero emissions by mid-century.
It’s never been more important to protect human health and the environment. That’s why we need to speak up in support of strengthening CEPA, Canada’s toxics and pollution law.
The House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening it, including amendments to:
- Recognize the human right to a healthy environment.
- Protect vulnerable populations.
- Better control toxic substances.
In the era of climate emergency, increasing toxic threats and multiple pressures on our health-care system, we need 21st century environmental laws to protect our health, as well as the environment.
Thank you for your support!
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David Suzuki Foundation
P.S. New research suggests a possible link between air pollution and coronavirus deaths. It’s never been more important to protect the human right to a healthy environment. Take action now!