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CANADA: ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM CANNOT BE IGNORED

Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities have faced environmental racism for far too long. Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location and greater exposure of these communities to polluting industries and other environmental hazards. 

In Canada, a long-standing history of government and corporate policies has created a reality where Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities experienced the brunt of harmful industrial pollution and toxic chemical exposures. This has resulted in high rates of cancer, reproductive diseases, respiratory illnesses and other health problems in these communities.

It is past time that Canada tackles environmental racism head-on. When Parliament comes back from the summer recess, the House of Commons is expected to vote on a critical bill to get Canada on the right track of addressing environmental racism. Bill C-230 would compel the government to generate the information needed and take measures to remedy and protect communities that have been disproportionately affected by environmental pollution. 

Tell Canada that environmental racism can’t be ignored and to pass Bill C-230.

 

 

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Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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