Many of us who live in Sidney want our town to join the growing number of other municipalities and cities to officially declare the right for its citizens to breathe clean air, to drink clean water and to consume safe food. This movement was started by the David Suzuki Foundation, called the Blue Dot Campaign.
There are now 16 municipalities and cities in B.C. who have participated in this movement and endorsed this resolution.
Here on the Island, Victoria, Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sooke, Ladysmith and Duncan have also signed the declaration.
It isn’t going to require much time or money for council to take this stand. I would like to believe that our Sidney mayor and council also want to protect the health of its citizens. Don’t we have environmental rights too?
I plan to go before council and ask for a motion to join our neighbouring municipalities and sign the declaration of the Right of a Healthy Environment. Please send letters to our mayor and council to support this movement as we all deserve a future that is healthier and more secure. By coming together, we can make a difference.
Lynda Comber, Sidney