Planet pro­tec­tion

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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