On April 21st, 2017, on the eve of Earth Day, citizens packed into the Wooden Monkey in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the public release of a proposed non-partisan Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia. The Bill, developed by the Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group (NSERWG), endeavours to give everyone in the province legal access to a healthy environment. Similar laws exist in other provinces, but this is the first time a proposed EBR recognizes the unique concerns of traditionally marginalized or vulnerable residents.
Nova Scotians are often left in the lurch when it comes to industrial pollution and other environmental degradation impacting their communities. Without a legal right to a healthy environment, community members find their concerns falling on deaf ears. This is where you come in.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We are asking citizens from across Nova Scotia to demand the right to a healthy environment be enshrined in and protected by law. In the section below, you will find all the resources you need to send an email to your local MLA candidate, as well as the party leaders for the Liberals, PC's and NDP's. You can simply copy the information into your email client, or you can even download and print the document to be sent by post, the choice is yours.
We thank you for supporting environmental rights in Nova Scotia. Isn't it about time?
Letter to Government
Let our candidates know that we care about environmental rights.
Click on the image below and copy the information into your email client.
You can find the contact information for all the MLA's in Nova Scotia right here.
Environmental Bill of Right for Nova Scotia (complete bill)
- Environmental Bill of Rights Summary
Environmental Rights Community Summaries:
About the Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group
The Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group (ERWG) is a coalition of environmental and community leaders whose mandate is to create legally-based environmental rights.
- The Nova Scotia Advocate, "Proposed Environmental Bill of Rights to empower communities and tackle polluters": https://
nsadvocate.org/2017/04/21/ proposed-environmental-bill- of-rights-to-empower- communities-and-tackle- polluters/
- The Nova Scotia Advocate, "Louise Delisle on the despair caused by environmental racism in the Town of Shelburne": https://
nsadvocate.org/2017/04/21/ louise-delisle-on-the-despair- caused-by-environmental- racism-in-the-town-of- shelburne/#more-4571
- The Halifax Examiner, "Environmental Bill of Rights proposed for Nova Scotia": https://www.
halifaxexaminer.ca/province- house/environmental-bill-of- rights-proposed-for-nova- scotia/ (this story can only be accessed by those who subscribe to the Examiner)
- The Haliax Examiner, "Have a Swig of Arsenic in Scenic Harrietsfield" https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/have-a-swig-of-arsenic-in-scenic-harrietsfield-examineradio-episode-111/
- Global News, "Group proposes Nova Scotia environmental bill of rights": http://globalnews.ca/
news/3395280/group-proposes- nova-scotia-environmental- bill-of-rights/
- The Coast, "Advocates push for environmental bill of rights in Nova Scotia": http://www.thecoast.
ca/halifax/advocates-push-for- environmental-bill-of-rights- in-nova-scotia/Content?oid= 7019908
- CBC, "'People are suffering': Environmental advocates call for provincial bill of rights": http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/shelburne-dump-environmental-bill-of-rights-legislature-law-1.4079860