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e-2616 (Environment)

Initiated by Domenica Tambasco from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The health of the environment directly affects the health and safety of Canadians and residents of Canada;
  • Canada and the world are facing an existential threat as the direct result of pollution and climate change;
  • Preserving and protecting the environment combats the harmful effects of pollution and climate change;
  • Canada and Canadians are committed to reducing and reversing the burden of harm caused by unhealthy environments;
  • Environment and health are inextricably linked and should be prioritized values;
  • The precautionary principle will help protect not only the environment by preventing or mitigating pollution at source, but also Canada’s vulnerable populations;
  • We value the principles of conservation in the order intended (reduce, reconfigure with the safest and least polluting alternatives, reuse, and recycle);
  • The harmonization and integration of the highest environmental and health-based standards across Canada is needed to protect the most vulnerable populations;
  • A framework is required to integrate these principles across all levels of government, businesses, communities, and individuals to work well within the limits of our local, provincial, national and global resources;
  • Reduction of pollution, consumption, and waste is required for environmental sustainability and human health; and
  • We need policies to discourage access to consumer products that involve excess waste or harmful materials in its life-cycle while encouraging access to the Canadian market of sustainable, non-toxic, durable and repairable products or equipment.
We, the undersigned, people of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to introduce legislation to enshrine an Environmental Bill of Rights and Responsibilities into Canadian law, recognizing the vital role of the environment as a determinant of health.
Open for signature
June 17, 2020, at 2:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 15, 2020, at 2:02 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Julie Dzerowicz
Liberal Caucus
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