Stratford, Charlottetown recognized
Municipalities formalize right to live in a healthy environment
Blue Dot P.E.I. has issued a news release congratulating Stratford and Charlottetown as the first municipalities on P.E.I. that recognize their citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment.
On June 15, Charlottetown’s city council unanimously passed a municipal declaration that protects clean water, fresh air, healthy food and a say in the decisions that affect people’s health. On July 8, the Stratford town council unanimously passed a Charter of Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities where the right to live in a healthy environment is included with a number other important rights related to personal safety, health, and respect and participation in community governance and culture.
The Blue Dot Movement was started a year ago by scientist David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation, with “Blue Dot” referring to the fragile nature of the planet in the vastness of space.
On P.E.I., the Citizens’ Alliance of P.E.I. is the organizer of Blue Dot P.E.I.
Charlottetown and Stratford join 63 other Canadian communities, including St. John’s, N.L., Yarmouth, N.S , and Vancouver, B.C., which have endorsed the right to a healthy environment.