OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Engaging the public is an essential part of developing a Canadian plan on clean growth and climate change.
On April 22, 2016, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the launch of an interactive website to seek input from Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, on how to address climate change and promote clean growth. Over 12,900 ideas and comments have been submitted so far. The deadline for submissions is September 27, 2016.
This engagement tool allows Canadians to join the national conversation on climate change, share their ideas and see what others are saying. Contributions received via the interactive website are also being reviewed by members of the four different working groups that were created to develop recommendations on:
- how and where to reduce emissions
- ideas for new innovation, technology and job creation
- how to put a price on carbon
- preparing for the impacts of climate change
The working group recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming First Ministers meeting to be held this fall.
"Engaging Canadians on our plans and efforts to address climate change is something I view as essential. Since April 2016, Canadians from coast to coast shared their ideas and contributed to the online conversation on climate change and clean growth. They also held town hall meetings to engage their communities in the discussion.
"I wish to thank all Canadians for their participation and support of Canada's ongoing effort to address climate change and develop a nation plan. Let's keep the conversation going with #CANClimateAction."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Submissions can be made online.
- Over 12,900 comments and ideas have been submitted so far.
- Canadians can also reach out on Twitter using the hashtag #CANClimateAction.
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)