Environmental protections and sustainability are necessary conditions for healthy communities.
We need to stop cross-border toxic waste dumping. We need to work with environmentalists and concerned citizens to find safe ways to reduce and deal with toxic waste. The answer does not lie in shipping toxic waste to some other community where environmental regulations are lax. And once we start shipping it across borders in North America, private companies could use the corporate rights of NAFTA to demand ongoing access to this profitable business.
Environmental racism like the dumping of toxic waste on aboriginal lands and other marginalized communities must be exposed and challenged.
We need to call for an aggressive plan for public investment in:
- water and sewage treatment facilities;
- energy retrofits to public buildings that save money and conserve energy;
- investment in public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gridlock on our roads, among other things.