Nanaimo could soon have community environmental vision.
The City of Nanaimo recently endorsed the right to live in a healthy environment in support of the Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot project, which is looking to see the right enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
As part of the declaration, Nanaimo city council also pledged other actions, including to take reasonable, cost-effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens, work with residents to promote Nanaimo as a green community, and work toward an environmental framework and community environmental vision.
The framework process, aimed to be complete at the end of 2016, will look at environmental goals, policies, programs, targets and actions, such as ensuring adequate infrastructure for safe and accessible drinking water, and reduction of solid waste.
Coun. Diane Brennan said the declaration is a recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability, which she wanted to give credit for coming up with a “made-in-Nanaimo Blue Dot.”