Organizations call on the government of Canada to modernize CEPA

In June, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recommended that Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) be amended to legally recognize our right to a healthy environment. Join environmental and health leaders, professional associations, businesses and hundreds of thousands of Canadians calling upon government to act swiftly on the committee’s recommendations to ensure greater protection for human health and the environment from pollution and toxic exposures.

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TO: Dear Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Catherine McKenna, Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Honourable Minister of Health:

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Subject: [your organization name] supports the right to a healthy environment

We at [your organization name] support healthy communities, a healthy economy and a healthy environment. We therefore fully support strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including recognizing the right to a healthy environment. A review of the act presents the federal government with a golden opportunity to improve the health and well-being of all people in Canada.

Federal recognition of the right to a healthy environment, either by an amended CEPA or a stand-alone bill, would be a groundbreaking step towards recognizing environmental rights as human rights. More than 110 countries already recognize these rights in law, but Canada does not. It’s time we caught up. This is why we support the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement and encourage you to take clear, strong action on CEPA.

Please act swiftly to ensure greater protection for human health and the environment from pollution and toxic exposures by introducing a bill to strengthen CEPA. Seize this opportunity to create a healthier, stronger Canada.

 

 

 

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