New Brunswick­ers urged to cel­e­brate Cana­dian En­vi­ron­ment Week

Sackville Tribune - - OP-ED -

EDITOR’S NOTE: The fol­low­ing mes­sage was is­sued by En­vi­ron­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Serge Rous­selle on Cana­dian En­vi­ron­ment Week.

Each year, dur­ing the first week in June, New Brunswick­ers are in­vited to rec­og­nize and par­tic­i­pate in Cana­dian En­vi­ron­ment Week. The week is held each year to co­in­cide with World En­vi­ron­ment Day on June 5, World Oceans Day on June 8 and Clean Air Day on the first Wed­nes­day of June.

This year, it is Canada’s turn to host World En­vi­ron­ment Day through the theme Con­nect­ing Peo­ple to Na­ture. This theme en­cour­ages us to get out­doors and into na­ture, to ap­pre­ci­ate its beauty and its im­por­tance, and to take for­ward the call to pro­tect the Earth that we share.

In that con­text, I en­cour­age New Brunswick­ers to con­nect with na­ture in their own ways whether it is by vis­it­ing a na­tional, pro­vin­cial or mu­nic­i­pal park, learn­ing about con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives in their neigh­bour­hoods, or learn­ing about the di­verse species that live in pro­tected ar­eas. I in­vite ev­ery­one to share a photo or video of their fa­vorite place in na­ture us­ing #Worlden­vi­ron­ment­day or #With­na­ture along with a de­scrip­tion ex­plain­ing why it is spe­cial to you.

World En­vi­ron­ment Day was des­ig­nated by the United Na­tions in 1972 and is one of the many ways we can col­lec­tively raise aware­ness of global en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, like cli­mate change, and en­cour­age ac­tion to­wards a sus­tain­able planet.

Clean Air Day is a cel­e­bra­tion of ecofriendly ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote clean air and healthy liv­ing across Canada. It is a per­fect time to re­mind New Brunswick­ers of the ben­e­fits of adopt­ing new habits to re­duce emis­sions, like walk­ing to work or school, car­pool­ing, plant­ing trees, com­post­ing or­ganic waste and di­vert­ing waste from land­fills by re­cy­cling.

World Oceans Day is an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber the im­por­tant role of our oceans. New Brunswick is blessed with 2,250 kilo­me­tres of coast­line and we must pro­tect this im­por­tant nat­u­ral re­source. That means work­ing to mit­i­gate coastal ero­sion, re­spect­ing the ocean habi­tat, wet­lands and rivers and pro­tect­ing our parks and beaches.

I en­cour­age New Brunswick­ers to cel­e­brate Cana­dian En­vi­ron­ment Week.

Let us all be mind­ful of how we can re­duce our per­sonal car­bon foot­print and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact each and ev­ery day.

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