Tell the Canadian government a healthy environment is a human right
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On March 7, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released its first review of Canada in 10 years. It concluded that by failing to provide adequate environmental protections or take action on climate change, our country has fallen short of meeting international human rights obligations.
The federal government’s response to the UN review will be the first real test of its commitment to recognizing the link between human rights and the environment. Tell our federal government to adopt the UN's recommendations to protect human rights through strong environmental protections.
The David Suzuki Foundation presented the UN with human rights concerns based on more than 1,500 comments collected during our June 2015 Celebrating Coastal Connections tour of British Columbia. Collectively, coastal residents made a compelling case for protecting ocean health and taking action on climate change, linking these issues directly to their way of life and basic human rights.
Although Canada prides itself on its human rights record, it is failing to protect the foundation of many rights: a healthy environment. Following this UN review of Canada, our newly elected government has an opportunity to recognize the role of a healthy environment in meeting its human rights obligations.
Send an email message now to encourage our federal government to follow the UN's recommendations to better protect the environment and our human rights to air, water and food.
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