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Environment week looking at plastic pollution


GATINEAU, Que. – The theme for Canadian Environment Week 2018 – from June 3 to 8 – is “Beating Plastic Pollution.”

The events and activities for this year’s Canadian Environment Week are inspired by issues that will be discussed during the G7 Summit—on June 8 and 9—in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. Environment Week activities reflect the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting the environment and growing the economy, including by keeping plastic pollution out of oceans.

“We can all take part in beating plastic pollution, and Canadian Environment Week is a great time to start,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change.

“Across the country, Canadians are working together to eliminate plastic pollution through the choices we make as individuals, in our homes and businesses, in our communities, and through government leadership. As we host the G7 this year, Canada is also working domestically and with international partners to make reducing marine litter a priority. The action we take today can ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a healthier environment.”

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are organizing Environment Week activities to highlight the critical role of ecosystems and protected areas and how they will benefit future generations. Canadians can check out the Canadian Environment Week web page to view different activities to join or organize.

Canadian Environment Week was created in 1971 and celebrates the Government of Canada’s environmental achievements and encourages Canadians to contribute to the conservation and protection of their environment.

This year, June 5 is World Environment Day; June 6, Clean Air Day; and June 8, World Oceans Day and the opening of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region.


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