Environmental Rights

Communities and individuals have the Right to Protect public health and the environment from industrial operations and government decision-making. A Green government would establish an Environmental Bill of Rights to protect communities, their residents, the quality of their environment and ecosystems. This would contain provisions to:

  • provide citizens with right-to-information measures concerning pollution threats and hazards, existing and potential, within their communities;

  • provide citizens with the right to petition for investigations and access to the justice system to prevent harm;

  • appoint an Environmental Ombudsman as an Officer of the Legislature;

  • protect whistleblowers; and

  • protect citizens against malicious lawsuits intended to discourage public activism (SLAPP suits).

A Green government would also adopt the Children’s Environmental Health Bill of Rights in New Brunswick into law.


Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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