Charlottetown City Council has passed a declaration to support the Blue Dot Movement and a person’s right to a healthy environment.
Approximately 60 Canadian municipalities have passed similar declarations recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water and healthy food. The City of Charlottetown is the first municipality on the Island to pass a Blue Dot declaration and the third in Atlantic Canada, following St. John’s, NL and Yarmouth, NS. Charlottetown Council passed the declaration unanimously at its June 15 meeting.
"More than 75,000 Canadians have added their signatures to the Blue Dot Movement and as of June 1, more than five million Canadians now live in a community that recognizes these rights," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Every day, this movement is seeing more support across the country. We’re pleased to be able to add the City of Charlottetown to that growing list of municipalities coast-to-coast who are supportive of seeing this reach the federal level and becoming part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
The Blue Dot movement started with the David Suzuki Foundation. In this province, Citizen’s Alliance of PEI has taken it on at the grassroots level by forming Blue Dot PEI in partnership with the foundation. The goal is to have individuals in every community sign their names to Blue Dot postcards in support of the movement, followed by declarations at the municipal level. Those declarations would be used at the provincial level to push for an environmental bill of rights, then a constitutional change at the federal level once at least seven of 10 provinces are onside.
"By passing this resolution and making this declaration today, we are saying we want to work with our partners and other levels of government on the collective goal of improving and protecting our environment, improving food safety and protecting our water sources," said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. "Everything we do from updating our parks to water conservation efforts and sustainability initiatives ties into this declaration so it just makes sense that we support it."
"Citizens’ Alliance of PEI (CAPEI) and Blue Dot PEI applaud the initiative taken by the City of Charlottetown in their proactive signing of this declaration and in becoming the first municipality on PEI to join the Blue Dot movement," said Cindy Richards, CAPEI Director responsible for Blue Dot PEI.
For more information on the Blue Dot Movement, visit: http://bluedot.ca/ To sign a Blue Dot postcard or check out the local chapter, visit: www.bluedotpei.com
A PDF of the resolution, which includes the declaration, is attached below.
City of Charlottetown
CAPEI Director responsible for BlueDot PEI