Right to a Healthy Environment
Canadians don't have the Charter right to healthy environment. But we should.
For nearly 25 years, Ecojustice has fought for legal precedents that protect the clean air, water and land that we all depend on. Along the way, we’ve become all too familiar with how Canada’s environmental laws are failing to protect our health and our communities.
For new every case we take on, we know there are a dozen other communities facing similar threats to their local environment and health. But when it comes to ensuring that every person in Canada can breathe clean air, drink fresh water and live in a healthy community, we shouldn’t have to pick our battles.
Groups like Ecojustice can’t be everywhere at all times, which is why we need a law that can.
The Charter is Canada’s highest law and it applies to all levels of government across the country. It gives each of us inalienable rights – ones that protect us from discrimination and guarantee our right to life, liberty and security of the person.
We believe the Charter should include environmental rights too.
In the last 50 years, the right to a healthy environment has gained recognition around the world faster than any other human right. More than 110 countries now recognize their citizens’ right to a healthy environment.
Now it’s Canada’s turn.
- Learn what environmental rights look like in action
Watch our A Tale of Two Valleys video to see how the right to a healthy environment helped one community in Brazil, and could do the same for another in Canada.
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- Visit our partners
Check out the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot website to join your local community's environmental rights movement or start one of your own.
Blogs | Media releases | Reports
Rejection of Sydney tar ponds class action clear example of why we need laws that recognize and protect our right to a healthy environment.
Almost two years after a Shell Canada refinery released a toxic soup of chemicals into the air around its refinery in Sarnia’s “Chemical Valley,” Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has laid a charge against the company.
Today (December 10) is Human Rights Day. And at Ecojustice, we believe that environmental rights are human rights.