Minister Baird and Minister Clement Statement Clean Air Day



    OTTAWA, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Clean Air Day is our opportunity to learn
more about how we can individually take action to reduce air pollution and
reduce our personal carbon footprint. It is an opportunity to think about our
future and to imagine the environment we want to leave to the next generation.
Canadians care passionately about the environment, air quality and climate
change. These are priorities of Canadians and our government.
    While we have all made progress on these issues, much more work needs to
be done. Canada's New Government is committed to environmental actions that
can help keep our country healthy and prosperous.
    For the first time Canada has a comprehensive and integrated regulatory
approach to reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that cause
climate change. Both types of pollutants are generally emitted by the same
sources and their impacts on the environment interact. This affects the health
of Canadians, which is why we are taking action on both.
    Canada's New Government's environmental agenda also includes the
Chemicals Management Plan, ecoENERGY Initiatives, the ecoTransport Strategy,
the ecoAUTO Program, support for public transit, action on renewable fuels,
and new investments of $4.5 billion in Budget 2007. Our comprehensive agenda
totals $9 billion.
    Our plan will have real, tangible health and environmental benefits for
Canadians: cleaner communities and natural spaces, healthier children, more
sustainable natural resources, and, meaningful contributions to the global
effort to control greenhouse gas emissions.
    As we mark Clean Air Day, let's not forget the important role we all
play: as consumers, as parents, as employers and employees, and as responsible
citizens.
    About 28% of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions come from the
actions of individual Canadians. Every time we turn on a light, hop in the
car, start up a computer, or do anything that uses energy, we are responsible
for producing greenhouse gases.
    For this reason, we encourage every Canadian to participate in this
year's Clean Air Day on Wednesday June 6. On Clean Air Day make a point of
increasing your commitment to the environment: at home, on the road, and at
work. Even simple adjustments to your lifestyle can often save energy, reduce
your environmental impact, improve your health, and save money too.
    A greener, healthier Canada is important for our families, our
communities and for future Canadians. As we move forward on clean air and
climate change, use Clean Air Day to renew your commitments or to try
something new. Every bit counts - today and everyday.

    The Honourable John Baird,
    Minister of the Environment

    The Honourable Tony Clement,
    Minister of Health




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441


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