For Environmental Justice in Quebec: Facts, Arguments, Courses of Action
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Léa Ilardo, Catherine Hallmich, Sabaa Khan
Partners: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE)
This report provides an overview of the environmental justice situation in Quebec, makes the case for taking action and recommends ways for Quebec to catch up and take a leadership role on climate change and environmental governance by addressing equity, public health and human rights issues.
Taking an interest in the environment from the health perspective helps us to realize that many injustices shape the link between these two elements. Some Quebec authorities are starting to recognize the existence of social health inequalities related to the environment, but much remains to be done to tackle them. This recognition must translate into action focused on environmental justice principles.
Now is the time for action. The latest climate knowledge emphasizes the importance of environmental justice to achieve more effective and sustainable outcomes, specifically in terms of adaptation. Conversely, ignoring environmental justice considerations could undermine Quebec’s adaptation efforts and prosperity in the medium and long term. Several jurisdictions are taking action and Quebec must follow suit and lead by example. The challenges are significant, but the health and well-being of the entire population is also at stake, if not much more.
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