Statement by Minister McKenna on Canadian Environment Week

OTTAWA, June 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, issued the following statement to mark Canadian Environment Week:

"Environment Week is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the way we treat our planet. It is also a time to reflect on the action we want to take collectively to fight climate change globally and here at home.

"This year's Environment Week theme, "Why climate action matters to you," reminds us that we share one environment. Changes do not occur in isolation; our environment is a web that connects us all.

"As environmental challenges evolve with a changing world, our Government is committed to meeting them. Over the past year, we invested in a clean, green and growing economy. We signed the Paris Agreement with over 150 international partners to set common goals and cut emissions.

"At home, the Government of Canada is working with our provincial, territorial and municipal counterparts, as well as with Indigenous peoples, to develop a Canadian plan to address climate change. Thousands of people and organizations have been sharing their ideas on solutions for climate change. I encourage all Canadians to participate in the conversation on our website.

"Join the discussion on our interactive website, and share your solutions on Twitter using the hashtag #CANClimateAction. Your ideas will help us build a more sustainable Canada.

"We are coming together as a community, knowing that this planet belongs not just to us but to our children and grandchildren, and to the generations that will follow them. I am proud to see people across the country joining in community events to share their solutions to fight climate change and grow our economy.

"Our government's commitment to the people of Canada is this: we will invest to foster innovations in science and technology to make our world more sustainable. We will learn from Indigenous communities' traditional knowledge. We will work with all Canadians in search of viable solutions to make Canada stronger, cleaner, and more prosperous. Together, we will be the Canada the world is looking for—a leader in global action. This planet is our home, and we will care for it.

"I thank all Canadians for their commitment to the environment."


SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)


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