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Posted by Joan Russow
Sunday, 02 August 2015 12:30

From: Joan Russow

 

To: Site C Review / Examen SiteC [CEAA] Subject: Revised Comments

Site C Environmental Impact Statement Date: April 4, 2013 12:51:07 AM to SiteCReview 

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam:

 

RE: Comments Site C Environmental Impact Statement Given that Site C will have significant and irreversible environmental, health, social, economic and heritage effects, under no circumstance or conditions should it proceed;

 

it is imperative to invoke the precautionary principle, and realize that where there is a threat to human health and the environment etc. ,

 

the lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason to prevent the threat. This principle is prominent in the legally binding Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Rio declaration, and in the World Health Organization.

 

There is sufficient evidence of the harm That to proceed would be grossly negligent.

 

So often in proposing major projects the rights of future generations are ignored; these rights are guaranteed under the legally binding 1972 Convention on Cultural and Natural Heritage, Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the sake of present and future generations, Site C must not proceed, the threat to these rights is too great.

 

As a result of years of socially inequitable and environmentally unsound development biodiversity and food security have been threatened, and now with the additional threat of climate change through extreme weather occurrences, more than ever it is essential to conserve fertile farm land such as in the area that will be destroyed by Site C.

 

The Site C will lead to the destruction of areas of viable farm land which must be protected for the survival of communities.. Since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, many of the downstream impacts of Site C will be felt by the First Nations who have not given their "free and informed prior consent," an obligation under art 19 of the UNDRIP.

 

Regards, Joan Russow

 

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