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Ottawa, June 5 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Environment Week observed by the Government of Canada from May 1 through June 6 celebrates an important milestone to raise awareness and protect the environment, media reports said.
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“This year’s Canadian Environment Week was a celebration of our nature and a reflection on the importance of safeguarding our environment. Even...during the COVID-19 pandemic, I witnessed the special relationship Canadians share with their natural environment...that makes Canadian Environment Week so important and helps ensure the health and well-being of Canadians today and for generations to come,” Wilkinson said.
Canadians' continuous practice of physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in this year's virtual observation of the Environment Week.
Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change commemorated this week the 2020 edition of Canadian Environment Week by participating in various virtual events.
On June 2, Wilkinson was joined by the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, to welcome six new members to the international Powering Past Coal Alliance, including the Quebec-based Desjardins Group.
Hundreds of investors and climate-policy experts from all over the world attended this virtual announcement. Canada is taking a leadership role on the world stage in phasing out coal power which is good for human health, the environment, and the economy.
On June 4, Wilkinson was joined by young leaders from Leading Change Canada to discuss the importance of continued youth engagement in developing solutions and ideas to protect our nature and act on climate change.
As the country works toward social recovery and better public health, young voices are needed more than ever to help the country build a stronger and more resilient economy.
World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5, and Montréal was selected as this year’s North America host city.
Minister Wilkinson announced more than 60 nature conservation projects under development during his participation in a virtual event organized by Montréal’s Space for Life and by the United Nation’s Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
These projects, said Wilkinson, protect biodiversity from coast to coast to coast and help Canada achieve its target of protecting 25 percent of its lands and 25 percent of its oceans by 2025.
Nearly half of these projects are led by Indigenous people and working toward creating Indigenous protected and conserved areas.
All projects are available to view on the new Canada Target 1 Challenge map.
Science plays a critical role in the protection of our environment.
Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists, throughout Canadian Environment Week, are connected with kids across the country through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, an organization that teaches kids about science, conservation, and exploration through virtual field trips.