Canada’s first law on environmental racism has finally made its way to Parliament, and we must all do our part to make sure it passes into law.
Environmental racism remains a major problem in Canada. The federal government has so far done little to address the fact that Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) are disproportionately exposed to pollutants spewing from industrial plants, oil and gas wells, and toxic dumps – and as a result, bear the brunt of their toxic impacts.
Bill C-230 (The National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act) presents a critical opportunity for the government to change course. If passed, it would compel the government to start properly documenting instances of environmental racism and taking measures to protect communities that have faced disproportionate impacts from environmental pollution.
The bill has already passed first and second reading and is about to return to the House of Commons for a final vote from MPs before going to the Senate.
Will you send a letter to your MP and encourage them to vote in favour of Bill C-230 to help end environmental racism?