The Blue Dot Movement, advocating for the right to a healthy environment, is gaining support in Mississauga following the endorsement of a resolution by city council Wednesday.
“The right to a healthy environment is not only critical to protecting the city I grew up in, it’s also about protecting the health and economy of future generations,” said Lorne Park resident Cameron McCuaig.
Municipalities across Canada are being asked to pass declarations, ultimately aiming to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and include the right to a healthy environment, clean air, safe food and clean water.
The movement is fronted by the David Suzuki Foundation.
McCuaig appeared before general committee a week ago, with students from Camilla Road Senior Public School in tow to show their support.
“Congratulations to the people of Mississauga for standing up for a future where their right to live in a healthy environment is recognized, and for standing up for the people and places we all love,” DSF spokeswoman Sophika Kostyniuk said in a statement.
Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee “fully supports the goal to have this right recognized,” said Ward 8 Coun. and EAC chairman Matt Mahoney.
“It’s our hope that by taking environmental action on the local level we will inspire action from all levels of government. It’s only when we come together, city by city, that change can happen.”