This year’s Select Nova Scotia marketing campaign kicks off today, July 28, with advertisements encouraging Nova Scotians to buy locally grown food. The campaign runs throughout the year and includes the first provincewide Incredible Picnic next month. “Nova Scotia farmers are an important part of our rural communities, producing quality food products for consumers,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “This campaign is truly a public-private partnership designed to encourage residents to buy more Nova Scotian produced foods. It is supported by the provincial government, as well as hundreds of producers.” The summer advertising campaign includes television, billboards, transit shelter and newspaper ads encouraging consumers to buy local, look for the Select Nova Scotia symbol on products, and attend the Incredible Picnic. The picnic will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in a number of communities including Halifax, Truro, Annapolis Royal, Port Williams, Tatamagouche, Windsor, Guysborough, Sydney, Liverpool and Antigonish. “While the Select Nova Scotia program has already gained consumer acceptance and recognition, the Incredible Picnic will undoubtedly take it to a whole new level,” said Jennifer Reynolds, planning and development officer for Select Nova Scotia with the Department of Agriculture. Inspiration for the event came from the 1,000-kilometre cross-country picnic held on Bastille Day in France where participants celebrate with local food. “By bringing the concept of eating what is available from local farmers, fishers and producers, the community picnic celebration reminds all of us of how important it is to purchase products produced here in the province,” said Ms. Reynolds. Vendors interested in selling local food products at one of the picnic sites should call 902-722-1305. More details on the Incredible Picnic are available on the website at www.selectnovascotia.ca .
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will strengthen cooperation with OHCHR, as threats to individuals and communities defending their environmental and land rights intensify. Reports suggest that an average of more than three rights defenders were killed every week last year. We cannot ensure a life with dignity for all, if we cannot guarantee a healthy environment. Delighted to sign an agreement with @mbachelet to strengthen our collaboration with @UNHumanRights on environmental and human rights.https://t.co/wQxgMqZTIi pic.twitter.com/317ZPQABXB— Inger Andersen (@andersen_inger) August 16, 2019 Although more than 150 countries have recognized the right to a health environment in their constitutions or legal frameworks, “significantly more work is needed” to inform policy makers, institutions and the public, say the leaders, both women, of the two UN bodies. “A healthy environment is vital to fulfilling our aspiration to ensure people everywhere live a life of dignity”, said UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen. “We must curb the emerging trend of intimidation and criminalisation of land and environmental defenders, and the use of anti-protest and anti-terrorism laws to criminalise the exercise of rights that should be constitutionally protected.” “UNEP and the UN Human Rights Office are committed to bringing environmental protection closer to the people by assisting state and non-state actors to promote, protect and respect environmental and human rights. In doing so, we will move towards a more sustainable and just planet,” she added. Human, environmental rights, need ‘stronger global partnerships’UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said: “Our planet is being recklessly destroyed, and we urgently need stronger global partnerships to take action to save it…We call on leaders and governments to recognise that climate change and environmental degradation severely undermine the human rights of their people, particularly those in vulnerable situations – including the generations of tomorrow.” A key part of the new protection agreement is to monitor threats to environmental human rights defenders more closely, develop better defenders’ networks, urge more effective accountability for perpetrators of violence and intimidation, and promote “meaningful and informed participation by defenders and civil society, in environmental decision-making. Ms. Bachelet said every State needed to be encouraged “to develop and enforce national legal frameworks which uphold the clear linkages between a healthy environment and the ability to enjoy all other human rights, including the rights to health, water, food – and even the right to life…We also strongly encourage greater recognition that the actions and advocacy of environmental human rights defenders are deeply beneficial to all societies.”