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

>Living within Our Ecological Means

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.

> Local Self-Reliance

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.

> Real Democracy

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

> Social Justice and Equality

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.

> Active Citizenship

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.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

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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