Clean Air Champions, Honda Canada and Honda Racing F1 Team's earthdreams Program Announce Two-Year Environmental Partnership



    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW/ - Clean Air Champions (CAC) today announced a
major two-year funding partnership with Honda Canada and the earthdreams
program, created by the Honda Racing F1 Team. Clean Air Champions (CAC) is a
Canadian charity that works with respected athletes to educate and inspire
Canadians to adopt practices and lifestyles that enhance personal and
environmental health. The Champions are made up of over 120 national team,
Olympic and Paralympic athletes, each passionate about our environment and the
health of Canadians.
    CAC's school program, Clean Air Achievers (CAA), is at the centre of this
new partnership. Honda Canada and earthdreams have committed up to
$200,000 CDN to the program over the next two years. The funds provided will
expand the CAA program into three new provinces, including Quebec, 14 new
cities and 100 new schools.
    CAA targets youth in grades 6 to 9 and educates them about the
interconnections between air quality, climate change and health. It currently
runs in five provinces. The program's two main goals are (1) to encourage
youth to choose less polluting forms of travel and (2) to increase their level
of physical fitness by walking, rolling or cycling to their destinations.
    This new partnership is a joint funding agreement between Honda Canada
and earthdreams. Honda Canada introduced CAC to earthdreams and, at the same
time, is extending its own existing partnership with the charity. Honda Canada
has been a proud sponsor of the Clean Air Achievers' Program for the last two
years.
    earthdreams is a global initiative that is supporting and empowering a
range of environmental projects. earthdreams' global network of environmental
projects focuses on the themes of mobility, technology, sustainability and
education. earthdreams plans to be supporting 30 projects worldwide by 2009.
Today, Clean Air Champions becomes the ninth earthdreams project partner.
    Through the earthdreams network, Clean Air Champions will receive
exposure on a global scale and the opportunity to connect and collaborate with
other like-minded charities, businesses and social entrepreneurs around the
world.
    "As a national charity with a mission to promote cleaner air and reduced
greenhouse gas emissions, we are pleased to be partnering with Honda Canada
and earthdreams," said Christian Weber, Chair of Clean Air Champions. "Honda
is truly a world leader in integrating the environment into its business
practices as well as a pioneer in the manufacture of cleaner, more efficient
engines." "What we at CAC are committed to is making change happen and
inspiring others to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. We believe that every
choice and every step does count, added Weber.
    Clean Air Champion Nancy Drolet, an Olympic Medallist and a six-time
World Champion in Women's Hockey, added that "from an athlete's perspective, I
hold the environment extremely close to my heart. The capacity to avoid
injury, illness and to be able to breathe at full capacity has a direct impact
on performance. My life mission is to make a difference, which I feel today's
announcement can achieve. I am proud to be a part of the team work between
Honda Canada, earthdreams and Clean Air Champions, as it's a winning
combination."
    "Honda has always considered it our responsibility and commitment for the
future to ensure 'blue skies for our children'. To achieve this, we will
continue to advance technologies for the benefit of today's customer and
future generations. We welcome our new partnership with Honda Racing F1 Team's
earthdreams program to fund Clean Air Champions Clean Air Achievers program to
build awareness of, and drive action for, environmental concerns," said Jerry
Chenkin, Executive Vice-President, Honda Canada Inc.
    Nick Fry, chief executive officer of Honda Racing F1 Team, said "Honda
Canada has supported CAC for the past two years and as a charity, it is a
perfect fit with the aims and ambitions of our earthdreams program. Supporting
environmental education projects is integral to earthdreams and preparing the
next generation for their environmental responsibilities."


    
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For further information:

For further information: Deirdre Laframboise, Executive Director, Clean
Air Champions, T: (613) 730-7353, E: deirdre@cleanairchampions.ca; Nathalie
Bergeron for Honda Canada, T: (514) 908-0110 ext 308, E:
nbergeron@HighRoad.com; Nicola Armstrong, Communications Manager, C: +44
(0)7793 844549, E: NArmstrong@HondaRacingF1.com


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