Right to a Healthy Environment | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation

The Importance of Constitutional Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is silent on the environment. Read how enshrining environmental rights in the constitution is a critical priority that we need to act on now.



The History of the Right to a Healthy Environment in Canada

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Past attempts have been made to include the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian Constitution. Read about these historical lessons to learn how we can make real change today.



Constitutional Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment: Making a Difference in Canada

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Bold changes are needed to protect the people and places we love. Read how enshrining environmental rights could improve air quality, drinking water safety, and the health of our communities and children.



The Status of Constitutional Protection for the Environment in Other Nations

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Today, more than three quarters of the world's national constitutions include explicit references to environmental rights and/or responsibilities. Read what we can learn from other nations around the world.



Pathways for Moving Forwards

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Read about three options for how Canada can move forward on recognizing the right to a healthy environment in our Constitution.