- Blue Dot -
The Blue Dot movement is a national campaign to enshrine the right to a healthy environment in our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
CRD and the CRD Municipalities
So far, more than 2700 residents and 10 municipalities in the CRD (plus the CRD) have endorsed a declaration recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water, and healthy food. Metchosin is one of the few remaining communities in the CRD that hasn't endorsed one.
The CRD municipalities that have endorsed a declaration so far are...
- Victoria, BC | 12-18-2014
- Saanich, BC | 01-26-2015
- Highlands, BC | 02-16-2015
- Central Saanich, BC | 02-16-2015
- View Royal, BC | 02-17-2015
- Sooke, BC | 02-23-2015
- North Saanich, BC | 03-02-2015
- Islands Trust, BC | 03-11-2015
- Capital Regional District, BC | 04-13-2015
- Sidney, BC | 04-27-2015
- Esquimalt, BC | 06-22-2015
The declaration recently passed by the CRD starts on the 22nd page (labeled page 6) of the second pdf file listed here (search the document for 'blue dot')
Part of the CRD declaration states...
That all people have the right to live in a healthy environment, including:
-- The right to breathe clean air....
....AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT by December 31st, 2016 , the Capital Regional District will consider objectives, targets , timelines and actions within its jurisdiction to fulfill residents' right to a healthy environment;
Union of BC Municipalities
In September 2015, the Union of BC Municipalities passed an environmental bill of rights that calls on the province to create an environmental bill of rights that would guarantee rights to clean air, water, food and "vibrant ecosystems".
On May 11th, 2015, the Metchosin Finance and Environment Committee discussed and debated the declaration "The Right to a Healthy Environment", that recognizes residents' rights to access fresh air, clean water, and healthy foods. It was defeated with Mayor Ranns, Councillors Kahakauwila and Gramigna opposed.
What can you do?
- Ask your mayor and council to endorse and approve the declaration (with an action plan).
- Join with more than 88,000 Canadians who support the campaign.
- Spread the word.