Minister recommends environment-friendly practices during Christmas (08/12/02)

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Dec. 2, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Environment Minister Roland Haché released today the following message about the importance of being environment-friendly during the Christmas holidays:

Christmas is a wonderful time of year when families and friends get together to enjoy one another's company, celebrate the season and exchange gifts. However, it is also a time when people tend to produce a great deal more waste than they normally do. As a result, New Brunswick landfills receive a large amount of waste, such as plastic bags, wrapping paper and boxes when the holidays are over.

I urge everyone to choose green alternatives for their Christmas celebrations. A few tips include:

New Brunswickers should also think about the long-term environmental effects of gifts that they choose. We should try not to give people presents that produce waste or pollution, or that will unnecessarily consume more of our natural resources.

These are just a few green ideas that would contribute to achieving the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan. I encourage all New Brunswickers to be mindful of climate change this season. When we each take steps in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint, we are giving a gift to New Brunswickers.

Environmental sustainability is very important to our quality of life and will be vital to the achievement of our government's goal of self-sufficiency for New Brunswick by 2026.

New Brunswickers can get more green tips this Christmas by visiting the 'Tis the Season section of the Department of Environment website. It features practical suggestions on topics ranging from environment-friendly baking and decorating, to gift-giving and outdoor activities.

I encourage all New Brunswickers to consult this section and to do whatever they can to make this Christmas not only a white one but also a green one.