GATINEAU, QC, June 3, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians are protecting and preserving Canada's natural heritage for current and future generations by keeping our parks, rivers, and the other natural places we cherish clean and free from pollution. Each year, Canadians across the country are proud to celebrate Canadian Environment Week by taking part in conservation and restoration activities on local shorelines and connecting with nature in their communities.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched Environment Week, championing the theme "Beating Plastic Pollution." The events and activities for this year's Canadian Environment Week are inspired by issues that will be discussed during the G7 Summit—on June 8 and 9—in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. Environment Week activities reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to protecting the environment and growing the economy, including by keeping plastic pollution out of our oceans.
From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are proudly organizing Environment Week activities to highlight the critical role of ecosystems and protected areas and how they will benefit future generations.
"We can all take part in beating plastic pollution, and Canadian Environment Week is a great time to start. Across the country, Canadians are working together to eliminate plastic pollution through the choices we make as individuals, in our homes and businesses, in our communities, and through government leadership. As we host the G7 this year, Canada is also working domestically and with international partners to make reducing marine litter a priority. The action we take today can ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a healthier environment."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Created in 1971, Canadian Environment Week celebrates the Government of Canada's environmental achievements and encourages Canadians to contribute to the conservation and protection of their environment.
- In 2018, Canadian Environment Week will take place from June 3 to 9. Canadians can check out the Canadian Environment Week web page to view different activities to join or organize.
- This year, June 5 is World Environment Day; June 6, Clean Air Day; and June 8, World Oceans Day and the opening of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caroline Thériault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]