Canada's leading environmental groups release national roadmap to set more sustainable course for country - Canada at crossroads: Government must seize opportunity to address environmental concerns



    OTTAWA, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Concerned about the lack of political
leadership on urgent issues such as climate change, Canada's leading
environmental organizations have come to a groundbreaking consensus around a
roadmap for action that is being released today.
    Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference, issued by the
country's 11 largest environmental and conservation organizations offers
practical directions for addressing the number one concern for Canadians - the
state of the environment. The groups' recommendations centre on climate
change, energy use, food production, toxic substances, water, forests and
oceans.
    "Canada is at a critical turning point. If we further destabilize our
climate, release toxics into our air or water, destroy critical habitat for
species and continue to over-exploit our oceans, we are going to pay a big
price. That's why we need to take action today - not tomorrow - while we still
have a chance to preserve clean water, wild habitat and to prevent the worst
impacts of climate change," says Peter Robinson, executive director of the
David Suzuki Foundation.
    "Action today is going to be much more valuable than action tomorrow,
especially on issues like protecting intact wilderness, including the Fort
Knox of carbon storage - our intact boreal forest," points out Anne Levesque,
Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
    "We know Canadians will welcome this kind of action agenda because they
see an urgent need to get our environmental house in order," says Devon Page,
Executive Director of Ecojustice. "We hope it will be embraced by all federal
parties as well."
    The Tomorrow Today roadmap sets out five principles that should shape all
federal laws and policies, including precaution, polluter pays, protecting
future opportunities, accountability, and good global citizenship.
    In fact, the Tomorrow Today roadmap proposes that a key first step on the
path to sustainability is for the federal government to put a realistic price
on emissions of greenhouse gases. This will not only help demonstrate
seriousness about addressing Canada's above-average climate impact, it will
help to reduce Canadian's overall environmental impact by rewarding efficiency
and conservation.
    The report calls for a charge of at least $30 tonne of CO2 (or
equivalent) in 2009 escalating to $75 per tonne in 2020 as the most efficient
way to send a signal across our society about the seriousness of the climate
change threat we face and Canada's seriousness in seeking solutions.

    The Tomorrow Today roadmap can be found at
http://www.tomorrowtodaycanada.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Julie Seidel, Edelman Public relations, (514)
941-2774, Julie.seidel@edelman.com; Source: Anne Lévesque, National Executive
Director, CPAWS, (613) 569-7226; Bruce Cox, Executive Director, Greenpeace,
(416) 419-7341; Devon Page, Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice, (604) 685-5618 ext. 233;
Julie Gelfand, President, Nature Canada, (613) 562-3447; Ken Ogilvie,
Executive Director, Pollution Probe, (416) 926-1907 x.231; Marlo Raynolds,
Executive Director, The Pembina Institute, (403) 269-3344; Matthew Bramley,
Director, Climate Change, The Pembina Institute, (819) 210-6115; Mike Russill,
President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund-Canada, (416) 489-8800; Peter Robinson,
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation, (604) 732-4228; Rick Smith, Executive Director,
Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521; Sidney Ribaux, Co-founder and General
Coordinator, Equiterre, (514) 910-2024; Stephen Hazell, Executive Director,
Sierra Club of Canada, (613) 241-4611

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