Stratford, Char­lot­te­town rec­og­nized

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for­mal­ize right to live in a healthy en­vi­ron­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

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.

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