Metchosin bucks trend with ‘no’ on Suzuki document

Majority of Capital Region municipalities have endorsed Blue Dot initiative

Re: Metchosin turns down kids’ request to sign onto Blue Dot initiative

West-Mont Montessori students brought forward the David Suzuki Foundation’s Declaration for a Healthy Environment for endorsement by Metchosin council May 11. It has so far been endorsed by 10 of 13 CRD municipalities. Metchosin is the only one so far to say “No.”

The Declaration is a non-binding, ‘visionary statement,’ which seeks to encourage governments to consider environmental consequences in all their decision-making.

More than 100 countries have such an initiative enshrined within their constitutional rights.

While the Declaration regrettably did not pass at Metchosin council, the principle received strong support from councillors Moralea Milne and Andy MacKinnon, who spoke with commitment and passion about our obligation to leave our children a future at least as good as what we enjoy now.

As Coun. Milne noted to the dispirited students: adversity builds character. Don’t give up!

Karyn Woodland

Metchosin

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