I believe every Canadian has the fundamental right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food. More than 100 countries worldwide now recognize environmental rights in law. It’s time Canada caught up. A stronger Canadian Environmental Protection Act would better protect Canadians and our environment from toxic pollution, which is estimated to cost the Canadian economy $39 billion annually. If implemented, the federal committee’s recommendations would help reduce the costs of pollution, improve health and foster growth of the green economy. More than 20,000 Canadians die prematurely every year because of exposure to environmental hazards, and the total cost of pollution in Canada is more than $100 billion a year. We can’t afford not to take action.
Lynne Gordon, Halifax Mother Earth deserves rights too! To give corporations the right to destroy millions of years of development in the name of profit is obscene. To give them rights above the planet that supports us is crazy and to not protect our future in the name of short-term gain is stupid! The federal government should approve the recommended changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for us and those who come after us!
Jamie Jackson, Halifax