Minister’s message: Canadian Environment Week

The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks CanadaCanadian Environment Week is a time to celebrate Canada’s accomplishments as we take action to improve our environment. The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests, and this year’s theme for Canadian Environment Week is Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future. This provides us an opportunity to rediscover the beauty and wealth of our forests and to appreciate the countless benefits they provide. Environment Canada and Canadian Environment Week are turning 40 this year so we’ll also be celebrating 40 years of environmental actions.

I am proud to say that the Government of Canada has demonstrated our commitment to safeguarding Canada’s forests - a source of food, medicine, clean air and water for us all. The Government of Canada has taken considerable actions to manage and conserve Canada’s boreal forest areas, one of the largest in the world. In the last eight years, we have worked together to protect over 50 million hectares in the boreal region as new national parks or wilderness protected areas. This boreal forest area provides valuable habitat for many species of wildlife and migratory birds. 

Each one of us can make a difference by taking simple steps as part of our daily lives to safeguard Canada’s most precious natural resources. Learn what you can do to help ensure we are responsible stewards of our environment.

I encourage you to take time to celebrate Canadian Environment Week by participating in local community events and by simply enjoying the pleasures Canada’s forests have to offer. This year, in partnership with Parks Canada, Environment Canada is holding a geocaching contest. So celebrate Canadian Environment Week with us by visiting a National Park or Wildlife Area near you. Bring your GPS-- you might find a cache and win a prize!

Safeguarding our forests is something we owe to our children and ourselves. Together we can fulfill the promise for a greener tomorrow.

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment and
Minister responsible for Parks Canada