Make Waves During Rivers to Oceans Week

    OTTAWA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation is
celebrating Canada's watersheds and freshwater and saltwater environments
during Rivers to Oceans Week from June 8 to 14, 2007.
    Rivers to Oceans Week - which includes World Oceans Day on June 8 and
Canadian Rivers Day on June 10 - will highlight the importance of our oceans
and rivers and the environmental issues facing them. The week is an
opportunity for Canadians and their communities to participate in the
restoration, protection and preservation of our oceans and rivers.
    This year's program will explore Canada's northern waters, drawing
special attention to Canada's North and the important role that all Canadians
play in maintaining its habitats, health and pristine beauty. This year also
marks the beginning of the fourth International Polar Year, an international
research program that first took place in 1882. Scientists have once again
gathered in the Earth's polar regions, including Canada's North, to research
current and future conditions and their influence on the world's oceans,
atmosphere and biodiversity.
    "Northern waters are a valuable part of Canada's natural and cultural
heritage, and an environmentally sensitive area easily damaged by our
actions," says Wade Luzny, CWF's executive vice president. "Canadians need to
take action in their everyday lives and in their own backyards to protect
Canada's North from threats like pollution and climate change."
    CWF and its Rivers to Oceans Week partners encourage Canadians to make
waves by celebrating this special week. Events are taking place countrywide,
including water-themed festivals, workshops and shoreline cleanups. For a
partial listing of events, information on northern waters and to order free
educational kits that are valuable tools for teaching kindergarten to grade
12 students, please visit

    About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

    CWF is dedicated to fostering an 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 legislative changes and cooperating with like-minded partners,
CWF encourages a future in which Canadians may live in harmony with nature.
Visit for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer James, Communications Officer,
Canadian Wildlife Federation, (613) 599-9594, ext. 219,;
Sandy Baumgartner, Executive Director, Programs and Communications, Canadian
Wildlife Federation, (613) 599-9594, ext. 228,

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