The David Suzuki Foundation, the Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, and the University of Ottawa Human Rights Education and Research Centre invite you to Canada’s first symposium on Environmental Rights, to be held February 15, 2018. This one-day event at the University of Ottawa will bring together leading academics, advocates and policy-makers to profile research in this area and related policy developments.
This event is free, but space is limited and participants must register for admission in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/formalizing-the-right-to-a-healthy-environment-in-canada-registration-42095493755. Lunch will be provided.
Why environmental rights?
Throughout Canada, a conversation is building about integrating a human rights approach in environmental protection. There is also growing awareness about environmental protection gaps and related adverse effects on human health in the absence of legal recognition of the right to a healthy environment in Canada. Most countries already recognize environmental rights either in their constitutions or in statute, so there is a wealth of information from other countries about how to operationalize a human rights approach to environmental protection and the practical effects of recognizing environmental rights in law. Canadian researchers are also recognized leaders in the field. Recently, a House of Commons standing committee recommended amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to recognize environmental rights. This event aims to profile evidence and experience that will be relevant to Canadian decision-makers.