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Canadian Environment Week
June 1-7, 2014
The theme for this year is “Strengthening Our Environment Today for Tomorrow.” The Government of Canada has been taking strong action today to preserve and enhance the natural environment through science such as maintaining air and water quality. As well, the Government of Canada has a roadmap to a more environmentally-friendly tomorrow with the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).
Below are some key events that are celebrated on or around Canadian Environment Week:
International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
The Commuter Challenge is a nation-wide event that promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities to see who can get the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking.
For more information on Government of Canada environmental initiatives, visit our ecoACTION website at: www.ecoaction.gc.ca
Clean Air Day
Clean Air Day raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. Canadians can show their commitment by participating in activities that contribute to cleaner air, healthier communities and a better quality of life for all.
The transportation sector is a major contributor of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. For Clean Air Day, why not renew or begin a commitment to sustainable transportation? When you use public transit, cycle, walk and rollerblade, you can reduce your personal emissions, save money used on fuel, contribute to your personal health and much more.
Before you leave home on Clean Air Day and every other day, monitor your local air quality with the Air Quality Health index (AQHI)!
Learn about how Environment Canada is a world leader in clean air science research. This important work is part of our mission to better understand air pollution, its levels, causes and sources, to keep Canadians informed about the air we breathe every day.
World Environment Day
Canadian Environment Week is held during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day. This special day was designated by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate action on the environment and empower people from every corner of the globe to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day is a time to remember the critical role of oceans worldwide. This international celebration has grown from a ripple into a tidal wave of awareness about the importance of our oceans.
8-14Rivers to Oceans Week
Rivers to Oceans Week is an opportunity to work together to create an understanding of Canada's watersheds, our connection to fresh- and salt-water environments and what everyone can do to protect and keep watersheds healthy for people and wildlife.
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