The Blue Dot movement is on a roll. Thanks to our amazing volunteers and donors, more than 90 municipalities — representing at least one in seven Canadians — have passed environmental rights declarations.
Now the campaign is reaching the provincial level. In an unprecedented move, municipal leaders from throughout B.C. spoke passionately on behalf of a provincial right to a healthy environment at the September Union of B.C. Municipalities annual meeting. After a nail-biting vote, the UBCM passed a resolution calling on the B.C. government to enact an environmental bill of rights. Forty B.C. municipalities have already passed their own environmental rights declarations.
In October, Manitoba committed to developing environmental rights legislation. Premier Greg Selinger said he will introduce the bill before the provincial election set for April 19.
The Blue Dot movement also got a boost from rock icon Neil Young, who donated $100,000 from his Vancouver concert in October. Young helped launch the Blue Dot Tour a little over a year ago.
The support we've received from people across Canada — volunteers, donors, artists, musicians and politicians — has exceeded our wildest expectations and shows how important environmental protection is to Canadians. With the movement growing so quickly, we're
well on our way to having the right to a healthy environment included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
More than half the world's nations offer constitutional guarantees for the right to live in a healthy environment, but Canada does not. Recognition of every Canadian's right to clean air, safe water, healthy food and diverse, abundant ecosystems would lead to stronger environmental laws, better enforcement of existing laws and improved environmental performance.