As Canadians began enjoying longer, warmer summer days, the Blue Dot movement passed an important milestone. On June 1, our team of volunteers and supporters convinced city council in Kitchener, Ontario, to pass a declaration stating that residents there have the right to live in a healthy environment. On the same day, St. John's, Newfoundland, also passed a declaration — the first community in Atlantic Canada to do so.
That pushed the growing movement over the five million mark! Now more than 14 per cent of Canadians live in a community that recognizes their right to live in a healthy environment!
More than 75,000 Canadians have signed on to the Blue Dot movement, and over 16,000 volunteers and organizers are helping out. With even more communities getting on-board to recognize the right to live in a healthy environment, it's sometimes hard to find time to step back and celebrate where we are. But there's a lot worth celebrating, thanks to donors and supporters like you.
Since passing the five million mark, we've added cities and towns representing a million more Canadians. With Victoria on the Pacific and St. John's on the Atlantic, Blue Dot is truly a coast-to-coast movement for change!
As success at the community level continues to grow, our long-term plan is starting to crystalize. The groundwork we're laying is putting the idea of environmental rights in front of Canadians in cities and towns across the country.
As we head into the fall, we're looking forward to the next step: convincing provincial and federal leaders to take action.
Preparations have started. We're investing in research and resources, reaching out to political leaders and counting on donors and volunteers from across the country to help us move into the next phase of this exciting endeavour.
Our goal has always been to create a future when all levels of government recognize the right of all Canadians to live in a healthy environment, no matter who they are or where they live.
It's a challenge, but as David Suzuki says, "Things are only impossible until we decide that they're not anymore."
With your continued support, we can come together in this growing movement to protect the people and places we love.