Dr. David Boyd, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, will speak at an online event to launch the citizen-led campaign for an Environmental Bill of Rights in New Brunswick.

The event takes place June 2, 2021 at 3 p.m. AST. Register here: https://fb.me/e/VVSNfq5m

Based in Vancouver, Dr. Boyd is one of the world’s leading experts in environmental law and policy, recognized by the UN for his work on laws and policies that build an ecologically sustainable and just future for Canadians and people across the planet.

Dr. Boyd will be the New Brunswick Environmental Rights Caucus’ keynote speaker as the group launches a campaign to better protect the health of children and our environment.

A small group of dedicated citizens have studied children’s environmental rights since 2009 and are now releasing their draft Environmental Bill of Rights to the public and members of New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly for review.

The draft bill focuses on the right of children to a healthy, sustainable environment. They urge legislators to make the document a law to enshrine these rights for children and all New Brunswickers into the future.

Children are much more vulnerable than adults to environmental harm and New Brunswick has obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure certain rights and freedoms, including a healthy environment.

Children’s exposures to contaminants from the air, water, soil, food, and consumer products are proportionally far greater than adults:
  • Children have additional exposure pathways of the placenta and breast milk;
  • Proportionally by body weight, children drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air compared to adults;
  • Children’s physiology is less developed to metabolize and excrete contaminants; and,
  • Children tend to be more active, explore their environment orally, and play lower to the ground where contaminants settle.
Join the event, hear from Dr. David Boyd, and see how you can help as we work together to ensure children and all New Brunswickers have their right to a healthy and sustainable environment enshrined in law.


For more information, contact:
Bonnie Hamilton Bogart: bonnielhb@icloud.com
Sam Arnold: samarnold3@gmail.com
Denise Melanson: dmmelanson1@gmail.com
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