Statement

Canadian Environment Week

OTTAWA,Ontario -- June 1, 2009 -- Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Jim Prentice, launched this year’s Canadian Environment Week (May 31 - June 6) by reiterating the Government’s commitment to protecting and preserving Canada’s environment.

“Canadians are blessed with a rich natural heritage that inspires and helps defines the image of our country. Canadian Environment Week is an opportunity to focus on our impact on our environment, our communities and the quality of life that we treasure here in Canada.
”This is an important year for our environment as we move towards negotiating a post-Kyoto climate change agreement. I am proud to say that our Government is making progress on a number of fronts. Our tailored blueprint for protecting Canada’s environment and fighting climate change has us on course to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and by 60 to 70 percent by 2050. This combined with our plans to regulate vehicle emissions and to control industrial emissions will bring about a marked improvement in Canada’s emissions record. Additionally, the Government is meeting with its counterparts to build national, continental and international strategies leading to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.

”Our Economic Action Plan includes almost $2.4 billion in new measures that will support a cleaner, more sustainable environment and will further Canada’s climate change objectives. We also recently tabled a new environmental enforcement bill, and launched a vehicle scrappage program.  ”Our Government is working hard to protect and preserve our rich and vast ecological landscapes. To date, over 100 million hectares of land, roughly 10 per cent of Canada's land mass, and three million hectares of ocean waters have been protected.


”Our northern haven of rich natural resources is an incredible legacy and a huge responsibility for us all. Our Government shares with all Canadians a determination to safeguard our environment for generations to come.”

For further information, please contact:

Frédéric Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
(819) 997-1441

Environment Canada Media Relations
(819) 934-8008
1-888-908-8008