Earth Day 2017: Environmental Rights Bill Launch

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Communities across the province are uniting to demand that Nova Scotia enshrine their right to a healthy environment.

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.

Marking Earth Day, the Environmental Rights Working Group (ERWG) is proposing a non-partisan Bill of Environmental Rights (EBR) for Nova Scotia to give everyone in the province legal access to demand 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.

Residents from Boat Harbour, Harrietsfield, Lincolnville, Sipekne’katik and Shelburne will gather to share their stories and describe how a Bill of Environmental Rights would have made a difference to their communities, and how it can change the future.

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Earth Day Launch of Nova Scotia Environmental Bill of Rights

  • Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 
  • Start Time: 10:00am
  • Location: Wooden Monkey, 1707 Grafton St, Halifax, NS
  • Emcee: Ingrid Waldron (ENRICH Project)


  • Marlene Brown, Community of Harrietsfield
  • Jonathan Beadle, Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Raymond Sheppard, Community of Lincolnville
  • Dorene Bernard, Sipekne'katik (Indian Brook) First Nation
  • Louise Delisle, Community of Shelburne
  • Lisa Mitchell, ECELAW

Documents Being Released - April 21st, 2017:

  • Environmental Bill of Rights
  • Community Summaries from 5 affected communities
  • Environmental Rights Overview


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.

Members include:

  • Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law
  • Mark Butler, Policy Director, Ecology Action Centre
  • Lil McPherson, Food Activist and Owner of the Wooden Monkey
  • Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Programs, Sierra Club of Canada Foundation
  • Silver Donald Cameron, Journalist, Green Interview
  • Tricia Barry, Board of Directors, Ecojustice
  • Jamie Simpson, Lawyer, Juniper Law
  • Heather Johannesen, Nova Scotia Environmental Network
  • Ingrid Waldron, Director, ENRICH
  • Vinidhra Vaitheeswaran, Board of Directors, ECELAW
  • Sadie Beaton, Ecology Action Centre
  • Matthew Green, Director, NSPIRG
  • Ellen Sweeney, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH
  • Jenna Khoury-Hanna, student, Schulich School of Law
  • Taylor Smiley, student Schulich School of Law
  • Mike Kofahl, student, Schulich School of Law
  • Neil Robertson, student, Schulich School of Law




Environmental Rights Community Summaries:


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