Meaningful public participation is a backbone of environmental assessment. But the BC environmental assessment backbone is broken. Now is your chance to help fix it.
Until May 26th at 9:00 am PDT, you can provide feedback to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on its public participation processes by posting comments to the EAO’s consultation webpages. Read on to learn how to submit comments and some of the ways public participation in BC can be strengthened.
Meaningful public participation is a backbone of environmental assessment. Without it, project reviews can become a closed-door rubber stamp, vulnerable to manipulation by proponents, governments, or any stakeholder with an agenda and a seat at the table.
The BC environmental assessment backbone is broken. And yet we rely on environmental assessment to ensure that large projects don’t harm our lands, our waters and our communities.