The New Brunswick Bill of Rights to Protect Children's Health from Environmental Hazards is an initiative of organizations working together through the New Brunswick Children's Environmental Health Collaborative.
Children are far more vulnerable than adults to harm from environmental hazards, and childhood exposures can result in health effects throughout their life stages and into adulthood. Although children in Canada and elsewhere in the world already have a right through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health”, this does not explicitly address protection from harm to their health due to environmental hazards.
To develop and promote practical and enforceable laws that will:
- recognize the particular vulnerabilities of children
- protect children's health from environmental hazards, and
- promote healthy indoor and outdoor environments that support children's health and development.