OTTAWA, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Starting on Oceans Day on June 8 and
encompassing Canadian Rivers Day on June 9, Rivers to Oceans Week
raises awareness about the importance of Canada's waters and reminds us
that safeguarding the quality of all water flowing across our land is
crucial to the health of our oceans.
"This country and water go hand in hand. We are the stewards of
one-fifth of the world's fresh water and can proudly claim about two
million lakes and 200,000 kilometres of coastline," says Wade Luzny,
CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Water pollution occurs when a significant amount of waste is added to a
body of water. When oil, garbage, fertilizers, chemicals, sewage and
litter enter a waterway, it's significantly changed.
CWF is challenging all Canadians to turn the tide on water pollution
with our Water Challenge. Though you may not realize it, your
day-to-day activities have an effect on Canada's marine habitats and
wildlife. Do you rely on fertilizer to keep your lawn lush? Do you
forget to pick up after Fido sometimes? Do you use antibacterial
cleaners to keep your kitchen sparkly? All of these activities, and
many more, can negatively affect your local waterways and, eventually,
Canadians are encouraged to swap daily habits that are contributing to
water pollution for more environmentally friendly solutions. By making
changes in their day to day lives, Canadians will be doing their part
to combat the urban runoff, litter and the chemicals in personal care
and household products from making their way into our waterways.
To learn more, visit RiverstoOceans.ca or CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and
appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human
impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the
sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy
and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in
which Canadians can live in harmony with nature.
CWF's Endangered Species Program recently funded the Vancouver Aquarium
Marine Science Centre for a project that aims to identify the critical
habitat of northern resident killer whales. The Program is also funding
the North Coast Cetacean Society for the Rennison Camp Project, which
aims to identify critical habitat for northern resident killer whales
in Caamano Sound.
SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation
For further information:
Canadian Wildlife Federation
613-599-9594 ext. 227