BLUE DOT MOVEMENT

The Blue Dot movement, started by David Suzuki, is based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air, fresh water and safe food. 

West Vancouver is one of over 173 municipalities that has joined the Blue Dot movement and passed declarations supporting the right to a healthy environment. 

Why did we join the movement? 

In July 2015, West Vancouver Council passed a motion to support the declaration of the right to a healthy environment. 

Council Meeting Minutes | July 20, 2015 (see item 8)

More than 8 in 10 Canadians believe the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms should recognize our right to live a healthy environment, however, Canada has yet to enact such legislation.

Making a change to the charter requires seven provinces to pass the Environmental Bill of Rights. Quebec and Ontario have already done this.

British Columbia may be persuaded to pass the Environmental Bill of Rights and join the Blue Dot movement once a significant number of communities have passed the municipal right to a healthy environment declaration. 

More Information

Visit the Blue Dot website to learn more about the movement and find out which other municipalities have joined.

Blue Dot movement

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the Blue Dot website to learn more about the movement and find out which other municipalities have joined.

Blue Dot movement

Declaration

THAT WHEREAS the District of West Vancouver understands that people are part of the environment and that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of our community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the District of West Vancouver finds and declares that:

All people have the right to live in a healthy environment, including:

  • The right to breathe clean air;
  • The right to drink clean water;
  • The right to consume safe food;
  • The right to access nature;
  • The right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the environment; and
  • The right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment;

AND FURTHER THAT the District of West Vancouver will report annually on the progress and application of these principles.

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