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