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Blue Dot Movement

On May 17, 2016 the Town of East Gwillimbury Council enacted the following:

1. East Gwillimbury Proposed Municipal Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment (the Blue Dot Movement)

Whereas the Town of East Gwillimbury understands that people are part of the environment, and that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the well-being of our community;

Whereas the Town of East Gwillimbury recognizes that environmental protection is a fundamental value held by its citizens;

Whereas the Town of East Gwillimbury recognizes the importance of protecting citizens' health from environmental hazards such as air pollution, contaminated food and water, and toxic chemicals;

Whereas the Town of East Gwillimbury, as an environmental steward, respects, protects, fulfils and promotes rights for the benefit of existing and future generations;

Whereas in proclaiming this declaration, Council is articulating public policy principles, but not creating or guaranteeing any legal rights or obligations;

Whereas the Town of East Gwillimbury will work towards promoting community vitality and prosperity while respecting, preserving and restoring our natural environment while balancing the environmental, economic, socio-cultural and financial priorities of the community;

NOW THEREFORE the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Town of East Gwillimbury declares:

1. THAT all people have the right to Live in a healthy environment, including:

• The right to breathe clean air;
• The right to drink and access clean water;
• The right to eat safe and healthy food;
• The right to access nature;
• The right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment; and
• The right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment; and

2. THAT the Town of East Gwillimbury has the responsibility, within its jurisdiction, to respect, protect, fulfil and promote these rights; and

3. THAT the Town of East Gwillimbury shall apply the precautionary principle by taking reasonable measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens; and

4. THAT the Town of East Gwillimbury will consider costs to human health and the environment when implementing the Town's programs and services; and

5. THAT the Town of East Gwillimbury will specify objectives, targets, timelines and actions the Town will take, within its jurisdiction, to address the residents' right to a healthy environment, including priority actions to:

a. Ensure fair and reasonable distribution of environmental benefits within the municipality;

b. Ensure reasonable measures are taken to protect the environment when implementing infrastructure and development projects;

c. Endeavour to work with the Region of York and neighbouring municipalities to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing reasonable adaptation measures;

d. Develop and implement appropriate and responsible policies for intensification within the urban centres of East Gwillimbury;

e. Promote walking, cycling and public transit as preferred modes of transportation;

f. Encourage and work with the Region of York to ensure adequate infrastructure for the provision of safe and accessible drinking water;

g. Support initiatives that result in improved access to food that is local, healthy

Blue Dot Movement Presentation - (February 17, 2016) 

For more information on the Blue Dot Movement visit the David Suzuki Foundation's website.