Sept. 19, 2008
COCAGNE (CNB) - A tree-planting ceremony was held this morning to honour the Littoral et vie group, recipient of the 2007 Environmental Leadership Award in the Communities, Groups and Organizations category. Environment Minister Roland Haché joined students and members of the group in planting the tree at the École Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne.
"Planting a tree to commemorate an individual, group or business winning an Environmental Leadership Award is a long-standing tradition," Haché said. "The tree stands as a symbol of the recipient's hard work and dedication to protecting the environment."
Since 1996, the Littoral et vie research group at the Université de Moncton has worked with communities, with the goal of involving the public in environmental action. Last year the group worked with Grade 3 students from École Blanche-Bourgeois, École Grand-Digue and École Notre-Dame on the watershed schools project, which aimed to reduce the problem of sedimentation in the Cogagne River, using a hands-on approach to engage in educational activities and problem-solving exercises.
École Grand-Digue and École Notre-Dame were also given trees to plant at their schools in recognition of their contribution to the award-winning project.
Haché commended the group for its work in communities and in schools in the province.
"This group is a shining example of what it means to take ownership of the environment and get involved in its protection," Haché said. "It is up to us as residents of New Brunswick to conserve and protect the environment around us. If New Brunswick is to be self-sufficient by 2026, we will need to be partners in ensuring environmental sustainability."
The Environmental Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients.
Information about the Environmental Leadership Awards is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.