NDP Leader Howard Hampton Earth Day statement

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Howard Hampton today issued the
following statement on Earth Day.
    "Today is Earth Day. It's the day when Ontarians take time to reflect on
the importance of protecting the natural environment for our people, for our
province and for our planet.
    "This weekend, I joined volunteers in my local riding of Kenora-Rainy
River to promote recycling. I know others across Ontario are taking part in
community activities like tree plantings, education forums and community
clean-ups. I want to commend everyone who is taking part in these kind of
Earth Day activities for raising awareness and making a real positive
    "Our generation needs to be the turning point. We need to be the ones who
take on climate change and pollution. We need to be the ones who shake
ourselves out of our complacency and take the historic action that's needed to
put our planet on a sustainable footing. We must take action for our children
and their children.
    "Here in Ontario we need to do much more - we must commit to meeting our
Kyoto commitments by 2012. We need a commitment to clean the air by shutting
down Nanticoke, Ontario's biggest polluter. We need to pass the NDP's
Community Right to Know Act so families can know about chemical and
environmental hazards in their homes and in their communities. And we need a
forward-thinking commitment to renewable green energy, energy efficiency and
conservation, not a $40-billion nuclear megascheme that will be expensive,
unreliable, dirty and dangerous and that will create toxic waste we have no
way to store.
    "Working families want to leave their children a green and beautiful
planet. They can count on New Democrats to fight for them."

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