Aims to increase environmental awareness during provincial election
TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - On Thursday, September 1st at 10:30AM at
Queen's Park, Environmental Defence will be launching Penelope4Ontario.ca, a non-partisan campaign centred on Penelope, an eight-year-old girl
who will be touring the province asking Ontarians to vote for her
future on October 6th. She is also asking the party leaders to
strengthen their commitments to clean air and water, green energy and
the Greenbelt. She will be unveiling a report card on the party
environmental platforms once all have been released.
"We simply cannot leave worrying about the future to politicians," said
Penelope. "My campaign will make sure the environment is on the top of
the agenda this provincial election. Us kids have our future to think
WHERE: Queen's Park in front of the Legislative Building
WHEN: 10:30AM on Thursday, September 1, 2011
SPEAKERS: Penelope and Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director,
VISUALS: Campaign vehicle unveiling in front of a crowd of parents and
children holding placards and cheering on Penelope as she kicks off her
campaign; Penelope's campaign message / launch video; photos of
Penelope touring Ontario
MORE INFO ON THE CAMPAIGN:
Through Penelope4ontario.ca, Environmental Defence aims to bring attention to the environment this
election, in order to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life
for future generations of kids and adults in Ontario.
"We have made some great strides in this province when it comes to
environmental leadership," said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of
Environmental Defence. "This includes a world-class Greenbelt that
protects forests, wetlands and prime agriculture, a pesticide ban that
keeps our water safe and a Green Energy Act that positions us as a
world leader in the clean energy future. These are great things for our
kids to inherit. We can't let that slip away this election and that's
why we are supporting Penelope's campaign."
The campaign website, Penelope4Ontario.ca, features Penelope's campaign video, documenting her tour of Ontario.
It will also feature a report card of parties' environmental
commitments once all the parties have released their platforms. Site
visitors can pledge their votes for the environment, because "you can't
really vote for a kid, but you can vote for her future." Penelope will
continue her Ontario tour from September 1 - October 5, where she will
be making speaking appearances, meeting the public, and handing out
campaign buttons. The complete schedule will be available at Penelope4Ontario.ca.
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action
organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business
and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
SOURCE Environmental Defence
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell); email@example.com