Photo: More than 125 communities now have environmental rights declarations

Blue Dot volunteers gather in Montreal, Quebec, to create art installations for World Water Day.

Thanks to volunteers and donors like you, more than 125 municipalities — representing a third of the country! — have passed environmental rights declarations.

When David Suzuki launched the Blue Dot movement with his cross-country tour, we aimed to pass five declarations in the first year. We never imagined this movement would grow so quickly, right across the country.

LEAPING TO NATIONAL ATTENTION

Now it's time to move on to the next phase.

We'll continue to work with communities to pass declarations or strengthen existing declarations and begin laying the groundwork for the Canadian government to pass a federal environmental bill of rights.

In February, Blue Dot representatives were at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference, attended by more than 400 municipal leaders, to promote the City of Victoria's resolution calling on the federal government to pass an environmental bill of rights.

DSF staff and volunteers also hosted a celebratory "side" event for representatives from our Blue Dot municipalities, inviting them to join the next phase of the campaign.

World Water Day (March 22) was our official federal launch. We asked supporters across the country to call on the federal government to respect, protect and fulfil our right to a healthy environment, including the right to clean water.

People across Canada gathered to screen documentaries, write letters to the editor, build art installations and host panel discussions that explored the right to clean water in Canada.

Now we're setting our sights on the June Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference in Winnipeg, organizing our supporters to call for a federal environmental bill of rights there.

POWERED BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Canadians care about environmental rights. The participation of people across Canada — volunteers, donors, artists, musicians, politicians and more — continues to exceed our wildest expectations.

It won't be easy, but we're 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 not Canada.

Canada's Charter is silent on the environment. Recognizing every Canadian's legal right to clean air and water, safe food, a stable climate and diverse, abundant ecosystems will lead to stronger environmental laws, better enforcement of existing laws, improved environmental performance and healthier communities for generations to come.