U.S. and Canadian Green Leaders Unite

    Joint-Declaration Outlines Collaboration on Climate Negotiations, Dirty
    Fuels and Arctic Protection

    WASHINGTON, DC, June 4 /CNW/ - For the first time, CEOs from 30
environmental groups based in the United States and Canada have agreed to work
together to address key environmental problems threatening both countries.
Their collaboration parallels the emerging threats that intertwine Canadian
and American economic and environmental health, including the impacts of
climate change, tar sands oil production and Arctic development. The groups
will also work in partnership during the international climate negotiations in
Copenhagen later this year.
    The joint-declaration can be found here:

    Following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural
Resources Defense Council:

    "The United States and Canada, with their closely linked financial
markets and shared natural resources, must work together to create
21st-century clean energy economies that will put people back to work and
benefit our environment.
    "Our countries face a series of joint-challenges - from the devastation
and pollution caused by tar sands oil to the melting Arctic to the need to
shift to a clean energy future. With federal climate legislation gaining
momentum in the United States and with some Canadian provinces taking
important climate initiatives, now is the time for our two countries to come
together as we seek international action on climate change. We hope our joint
declaration can serve as a guide as we move to an international climate treaty
later this year."

    Following is a statement by Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of
Environmental Defence Canada:

    "It's never been clearer that economic solutions and environmental
solutions are one and the same. Governments in both Canada and the U.S. must
seize this opportunity to create good green jobs through innovative
initiatives that move us quickly toward a new energy economy."

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (www.nrdc.org) is a national,
nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists
dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970,
NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New
York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

    Environmental Defence Canada (www.environmentaldefence.ca) protects the
environment and human health. We research solutions. We educate. We go to
court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and
thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada's contribution
to climate change.

For further information:

For further information: (United States): Michael Oko, (202) 289-2245;
(Canada): Jennifer Foulds, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232, (647) 280-9521 (cell)

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