Tell government not to delay Canadian Environmental Protection Act modernization

In its September throne speech, government committed to modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act but without any clear timeline.

Please modify the draft to the right to email your Member of Parliament and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca) about the urgency and importance of CEPA reform. Tell them to move forward quickly with amendments to strengthen CEPA and protect the human right to a healthy environment!

Better protections for human health and the environment have never been more important.

Preventable exposures to toxics and pollution take a constant toll on human health, contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions. Globally, ambient air pollution alone is responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths per year — a “pollution pandemic,” according to the author of this new research.

CEPA is supposed to protect against these threats, but it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades. In 2017, the House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening the act, including amendments to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the need to protect vulnerable populations and better control toxic substances.

 

Draft letter:

Better protections for human health and the environment have never been more important. That’s why I support moving forward with modernization of CEPA, Canada’s toxics and pollution law.

The 2020 throne speech included a commitment to modernizing CEPA, but no timeline. Please don’t delay!

CEPA has not been updated for more than two decades. Pollution sources and scientific understanding of risks have changed. Modernization of CEPA is long overdue.

Environmental exposures to toxics and pollution take a constant toll on human health, contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions. Globally, ambient air pollution alone is responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths per year — a “pollution pandemic,” according to the author of this new research.

COVID-19 is teaching us a lot about the value of prevention. Canada can reduce the environmental burden of disease by strengthening CEPA to match leading international approaches for control of toxic substances and protect the human right to a healthy environment.

In this era of climate emergency, increasing toxic threats and multiple pressures on our health-care system, we need strong environmental laws to protect human health as well as the environment.

I hope you will signal your support for introducing amendments to strengthen CEPA at the earliest opportunity.

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Il n’a jamais été aussi important de mieux protéger la santé humaine et l’environnement. C’est pourquoi je m’exprime en faveur du renforcement de la LCPE, la loi canadienne sur les substances toxiques et la pollution.

Le discours du trône du 2020 a annoncé la modernisation de la LCPE, sans toutefois préciser l’échéancier. S’il vous plait, ne retardez pas cette réforme essentielle!

La LCPE n’a pas été mise à jour depuis plus de 20 ans. Les sources de pollution et les connaissances scientifiques des risques ont évolué. La modernisation de la LCPE s’impose depuis déjà longtemps.

L’exposition évitable aux substances toxiques et à la pollution a des effets néfastes continus sur la santé humaine et contribue aux maladies cardiovasculaires et respiratoires, au diabète, au cancer et à d’autres maladies chroniques. À elle seule, la pollution atmosphérique cause 8,8 millions de décès prématurés par année sur la planète — une « pandémie de pollution » selon l’auteur de cette nouvelle recherche.
La COVID-19 nous en apprend beaucoup sur la valeur de la prévention. Le Canada peut réduire le fardeau environnemental en renforçant la LCPE pour se conformer aux principales approches internationales en matière de contrôle des substances toxiques et de protection du droit humain à un environnement sain.

En ces temps d’urgence climatique, de pollution croissante et de pressions multiples sur notre système de soins de santé, il nous faut des lois rigoureuses en matière d’environnement.

J’espère que vous manifesterez votre appui à l’apport de modifications visant à renforcer la LCPE dans les plus brefs délais.

In its September throne speech, government committed to modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act but without any clear timeline.

Please modify the draft to the right to email your Member of Parliament and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca) about the urgency and importance of CEPA reform. Tell them to move forward quickly with amendments to strengthen CEPA and protect the human right to a healthy environment!

Better protections for human health and the environment have never been more important.

Preventable exposures to toxics and pollution take a constant toll on human health, contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions. Globally, ambient air pollution alone is responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths per year — a “pollution pandemic,” according to the author of this new research.

CEPA is supposed to protect against these threats, but it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades. In 2017, the House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening the act, including amendments to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the need to protect vulnerable populations and better control toxic substances.

 

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