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Bringing the Blue Dot to Port Hope

TED AMSDEN/SPECIAL TO NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

TED AMSDEN/SPECIAL TO NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY From left, members of the Blue Dot delegation to Port Hope Council Tuesday evening included, Tom Shea, Robert Fishlock, Sam Campbell, Bruce Bellaire, Joyce Matthys and Diane Hruska.

TED AMSDEN/SPECIAL TO NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY From left, members of the Blue Dot delegation to Port Hope Council Tuesday evening included, Tom Shea, Robert Fishlock, Sam Campbell, Bruce Bellaire, Joyce Matthys and Diane Hruska.

First Cobourg, now Port Hope, members of the local chapter of the Blue Dot Movement are on a roll. The delegation was successful in getting Cobourg Town Council to support a Municipal Declaration of environmental rights Monday night. Tuesday evening six members wearing blue tee shirts showed up for the Port Hope Council Committee of the Meeting with the same idea in mind.

The group hopes to appear before all the councils in Northumberland including County Council.

Tom Shea and Robert Fishlock jointly made a presentation outlining the group's mandate to the Port Hope members of council, staff and the public.

The name of the Blue Dot Movement originates with Carl Sagan's observation of the earth's appearance when seen from outer space.

According to Shea, who delivered the presentation, David Suzuki's belief in the importance of the "right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food" is the source of the inspiration behind the movement.

According to his statistics, more 110 nations recognize citizens' right to live in a healthy environment but not in Canada. "Canada does not have national safety regulations for drinking water or binding air quality standards," he said.

The goal of the Blue Dot movement is to have municipalities and provincial governments officially support citizens' right to a healthy environment.

Within five years, the organization wants to request an amendment to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, "that entrenches our citizens' right to a healthy environment," he said.