Environment and Conservation
June 3, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Taking Action for our Environment

As Minister of Environment and Conservation, I am especially pleased today to announce this is Environment Week � a time to reflect on the importance of our province�s environment and to demonstrate that we care about protecting our natural heritage.

Taking Action for our Environment is the theme for Environment Week. It is a reminder to everyone we must work together and take an active role to ensure Newfoundland and Labrador�s environment is clean and healthy for all of us to enjoy, especially our children and grandchildren.

As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we are extremely fortunate to have clean air and easy access to nature with our abundance of forests, wildlife, rivers, and ponds.

To kick off Environment Week, yesterday, the 19th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Ceremony was held at the Battery Hotel in St. John�s. The environmental awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations who are making an exceptional effort to protect and enhance the environment and quality of life in the province. Environmental Awards were presented in five categories along with a life time Achievement Award.

I am pleased to announce this year�s winners:

  • Individual Category: Mike Manning
  • School Category: Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South
  • Community Group/Organization Category: The Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program (KEEP)
  • Municipality Category: The Town of Appleton
  • Honourable Mention: Town of Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook

The lifetime achievement award was presented to Dr. John Gibson. Dr. Gibson is an individual who has dedicated himself to environmental stewardship and has made a significant contribution over his lifetime in the name of environmental protection and sustainability. Dr. Gibson has been a leading and inspiring advocate for the protection and promotion of our province�s watersheds. Much of his professional career has been committed to fisheries research and in his personal life he has been involved in numerous organizations that focus on ecology and conservation issues.

The initiative, dedication and hard work that these individuals, communities, schools and organizations have put into caring for our environment is a reason to celebrate their accomplishments and encourage others to participate in their community environmental initiatives.

This week, my department has planned events around environment week for government employees. I encourage as many employees to take part in some of the presentations taking place on topics such as: climate change, waste reduction and curbside recycling.  The schedule of events has been posted to the Public Service Network news link.

I ask all Honourable members to give a round of applause to this year�s Newfoundland and Labrador environmental award winners.

I also ask all Honourable members here today to take time to do their part this week and every week.  Reduce energy use at home and carpool or walk, and please consider the environment when making purchases.

Every one of us can make a difference!

2008 06 03                                               1:50 p.m.


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