Statement - Minister Baird highlights importance of global action on World Environment Day

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, issued a statement today to mark World Environment Day. This year
World Environment Day coincides with the G-8 meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany,
where Minister Baird is accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper in
discussions on the global fight against climate change.
    "World Environment Day is an opportunity to earnestly consider the global
environment and what global action is necessary to address the world's number
one environmental challenge - climate change.
    "I am strongly encouraged by the tremendous commitment of our global
leaders here to real change. I am proud to demonstrate our commitment by
bringing to the table our government's Turning the Corner Action Plan. We are
offering the Canadian approach to developing countries as a model they can
follow in joining the international effort needed to bring about lasting and
beneficial environmental results.
    "Our Action Plan sets short, medium and long-term climate change
objectives. We will cut greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020, with real reductions
starting as early as 2010. It is a plan that is challenging, yet achievable.
It is also a plan that achieves real absolute reductions in greenhouse gases
and positions Canada as a leader in the fight against climate change.
    "Members of the G-8 are aware that only concrete actions taken on the
part of all emitting countries will lead to a solution to the crucial issue of
climate change."
    World Environment Day was designated by the United Nations in 1972 to
stimulate political action on the environment and empower people from every
corner of the globe to become active agents of sustainable and equitable

    (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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