Environment Minister John Baird celebrates Earth Day



    OTTAWA, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment, joined by Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada celebrated
Earth Day today with students, parents and teachers of Lakeview Public School
by planting new trees in the school yard.
    "Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect and be proud of what we've
accomplished and to think about how we can all continue to work to protect our
environment," said Minister Baird. "The trees we planted here today are a
great example of a concrete action that all Canadians can take, right in their
own backyard, to help improve the air we breathe."
    According to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization that encourages
Canadians to plant and care for trees, an average Canadian tree will capture
between 200 and 225 kg of carbon over an 80-year period.
    "Tree Canada is most pleased to be celebrating Earth Day, and to be part
of this school ground greening initiative. Schoolyards have always been a top
priority for us, because by greening them we provide our children with
exciting natural spaces for learning and playing", says Michael Rosen,
President of Tree Canada.
    Minister Baird took the opportunity to encourage Canadians to get
involved in fighting climate change at home and to teach their children about
the importance of clean air. "Canada's New Government is serious about
tackling climate change and protecting the air we breathe, but we know we
can't do it alone," said Baird. "Taking steps at home and teaching our
children to protect the environment will be the key to securing a healthier
future for all Canadians."
    Canada's New Government's comprehensive environmental agenda, which
totals $9 billion, includes financial incentives to drive
environmentally-friendly vehicles, a tax break for public transit users,
support for the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and tidal power,
help for Canadians to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and action
on renewable fuels.

    For more information on the Government's environmental initiatives, visit
www.ecoaction.gc.ca

    (Egalement offert en français)

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For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Michael R. Rosen, R.P.F.,
President, Tree Canada, (613) 567-5545 ext 222, Cell : (613) 290-3665

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