OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada invites all
Canadians to reflect on their environment during Canadian Environment Week, observed annually during the first full week
of June. Canada's Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Peter
Kent, noted that the week was a time to reflect on our collective
environmental achievements and stewardship, for all Canadians today and
tomorrow to enjoy.
"Canadian Environment Week is not only a great opportunity to celebrate
our achievements in protecting our natural environment, but it is also
an excellent opportunity to further inspire all Canadians to work
together to do even more to preserve, protect and restore our land, our
air, and our water."
The Minister pointed to some of the Government's important environmental
The Launching of the Joint-Monitoring Plan on the oil sands;
More stringent regulations in a variety of areas, to combat climate
change through a sector by sector approach and fulfill our commitment
of reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005
levels by 2020;
The cooperation with provincial and territorial counterparts, to improve
air quality for all Canadians;
On the international stage, the Government's investment of $1.2 billion
towards climate change fast-start financing to further help developing
economies reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, which is a
Canada's collaboration with a variety of business and international
partners to encourage innovative environmental technologies and clean
The advancements made for the protection of wildlife, water and land in
Canada—protected areas in Canada now account for an area that is nearly
the size of Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland combined.
The Minister also stated that 2013 was designated the International Year
of Water Cooperation, and cited some of the work the Government has
undertaken in this regard.
"We are working with our international partners, such as the United
States in the Great Lakes, and with our provincial and territorial
counterparts, to improve and protect our important water resources. Our
Government has worked with the provinces and territories to bring about
Canada's first national standards for wastewater treatment."
The Minister stated that such focus and cooperation was also key to
addressing other environmental issues and challenges.
"Canadians should take this opportunity to celebrate our rich and
diversified environment, to reflect on our numerous achievements and to
think and prepare for future challenges. Collectively, we must never
lose sight of the importance of a healthy environment in which to live,
grow and raise our families."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Environment Canada's Twitter page: http://twitter.com/environmentca
Environment Canada's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/environmentcan
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