Statement - Canadian Enviromnent Week is the perfect time for global discussions on climate change at the G-8 summitt in Heiligendamm Germany

    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, kicked off this year's Environment Week (June 3-8) by
congratulating Canadians on their actions towards protecting and preserving
the environment and encouraging them to stay involved. This year, Environment
Week coincides with the G-8 meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany where Minister
Baird will accompany Prime Minister Harper as he meets with other G-8 leaders
to discuss the global fight against climate change.
    "What better way to recognize Environment Week than to be on the global
stage demonstrating to the world how seriously Canada takes the climate change
challenge," said Minister Baird. "After years of waiting, Canada finally has a
concrete plan in place to significantly reduce greenhouse gases and the Prime
Minister and I are eager to take our plan to the Summit meeting."
    With the G-8 leaders, as well as the five major developing economies from
around the world at one table, Canada will be playing an active role with
other nations to lay the groundwork for the kind of effective international
protocol the world needs post-2012.
    Environment Week is a great opportunity to reflect on how the environment
affects us all. It is clear that Canada cannot work in isolation if we're
going to make real change. As this week unfolds and Canadians participate in
various activities, I encourage them to consider their personal impact as part
of a larger global community. I urge all Canadians to continue to protect our
precious resources and natural wonders."
    Canadian Environment Week is held during the first week of June to
coincide with World Environment Day. This special day was designated by the
United Nations in 1972 to empower people from every corner of the globe to
become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.
    For more information on activities taking place in your community this
week, visit the Community Calendar available on Environment Canada's website

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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