The tide may finally be turning on environmental action from the Canadian government. The Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights had its first reading in the house yesterday afternoon, and our fingers are crossed.
Ecojustice, formerly the Sierra Legal Defense Fund, drafted similar legislation last year, in hopes of giving Canadians a legal means of protecting their health and their environment. The bill draws upon similar legislation from the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon. Worldwide, 130 other countries have similar legislation in their constitutions.
The adoption of this bill would be a real step toward cleaning up Canada’s disappointing record on the environment. It would give Canadians the right to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment, the ability to call for an investigation against the government in cases of environmental abuse, and protection for whistleblowers.
Let’s hope our politicians can stop acting like children long enough to read it.
[Creative Commons photo credit to Richard001]