The Town of Halton Hills has endorsed the Blue Dot Movement—led by the David Suzuki Foundation—by signing a “Made-in Halton Hills” motion at a recent Town Council.
The Blue Dot Movement encourages municipalities to sign a declaration that recognizes Canadians have the right to live in a healthy environment. It is part of a grassroots movement to encourage the federal government to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right for Canadians to live in a healthy environment.
“I’m pleased with the enthusiasm that has been generated in our community because of the Blue Dot Movement, said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
“It is clear that this Movement is important to people of all ages as well as that it will contribute to improving our quality of life in Halton Hills,” he said.
Council’s “Made-in Halton Hills” approach to the Blue Dot Movement includes statements that acknowledge Halton Hills’ long-standing commitment to the environmental health and sustainability of the community through existing policies, such as the town’s Strategic Plan, Official Plan, Community Sustainability Strategy and other plans and initiatives.
According to the Blue Dot Movement website, more than 95,000 Canadians have already joined and 130 municipalities have passed declarations recognizing the right to clean air and water, as well as safe food and a stable climate.