Ask your MP to pass Canada’s first law recognizing environmental rights
Last spring, the Senate passed Bill S-5, which amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Bill S-5 would recognize the right to a healthy environment for the first time in federal law.
A review of the act began in 2015 and has now spanned three sessions of Parliament.
Our message to members of Parliament:
Don’t let another year go by without bringing Canada’s cornerstone environmental law into the 21st century!
We are calling on the House of Commons to make modernizing the Environmental Protection Act a priority in this session.
Preventable exposures to toxics and pollution take a constant toll on human health, contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions. Globally, ambient air pollution alone is responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths per year — a “pollution pandemic.”
The Environmental Protection Act is supposed to guard against these threats, but it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades.
Bill S-5, as amended by the Senate, is a starting point for much-needed improvements to the act, but there is room for improvement.
Send a message to let your MP know you support strengthening and passing S-5, the CEPA modernization bill.
Strong environmental laws will be the backbone of a just transition to a clean and inclusive economy.