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OTTAWA – April 22, 2008 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, issued the following statement on the occasion of Earth Day:
“When it comes to our environment, Canadians have much to celebrate and to be proud of. Earth Day provides all of us with an opportunity to learn more about the simple initiatives that we can all incorporate into our daily routines to help keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.”"Canadians have a passion for the environment, and it’s no wonder why. We are truly blessed to live in one of the most environmentally diverse countries in the world. From coast to coast to coast, from the majestic rainforests and Pacific coast, to the mighty Rockies, the golden Prairies, Ontario and Quebec’s wonders, the dynamic beaches of our Atlantic shores and the cool ice and tundra of the Arctic, there is truly no place on earth as diverse and naturally beautiful as Canada.”
“With this gift comes great responsibility. As Canada’s Environment Minister, I share Canadians’ passion for protecting our environment. Our Government believes strongly in ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment for current and future generations. That’s why our environmental agenda is focused on conservation of our parks, protection of our wildlife, fighting climate change, and protecting and ensuring clean water for all of us.”
This Government recognizes that the health of our environment is fundamentally linked to the health of our people. This recognition has put the concern for our environment – for protection, conservation, and a commitment to environmental technologies and partnerships – at the forefront of our Government’s decision-making.
Canadians can look forward to a lasting legacy from this Government on the environment, but must work together. Our policies are tough, but they also deliver real and lasting benefits for the health of our environment and our citizens.
Together, we will be the difference that will continue to keep Canada beautiful, healthy and green.
For further information, please contact:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Environment Canada Media Relations
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