Bill 111: An Act to Address Environmental Racism
Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location of polluting industries and other environmental harms (landfills, incinerators, thermal stations, pulp sites, etc.) near communities of colour and the working poor, relative to white communities.
In Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities are more likely to experience disproportionate environmental health risks since they are more likely than other communities to live near these and other environmentally hazardous activities.
Environmental racism is also characterized by the lack of organization and political power that these communities have for advocating against the siting of industrial polluters and other environmental harms, the uneven negative impacts of environmental procedures, the uneven negative impacts of environmental policies, and the disproportionate access to environmental services such as garbage removal.
The ENRICH project has worked hard to see Bill 111 – an Act to Address Environmental Racism – be put on the table, and now we need to make sure it gets passed into law.
Bill 111 proposes a province-wide public consultation with priority placed on Mi’kmaw, African Nova Scotian, and Acadian communities affected by environmental racism. This consultation process will provide Nova Scotian citizens with an opportunity to share their concerns and collaborate with municipal and provincial governments to address this important issue.
To sign the petition to show your support for Bill 111, click here.
To write a letter to provincial representatives, click here.
Watch a video about how and why you can get involved here.