Province to motivate youth to address climate change (09/02/10)

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Feb. 10, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Twenty sessions will be held across the province to motivate young New Brunwick youth to become involved in combatting climate change. Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today.

The sessions - known as Rock The Boat, Our Climate, Our Change - is part of a strategy by the Department of Environment and the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth. The sessions are consistent with the objectives in the New Brunswick Climate Change 2007-2012 Action Plan.

"Our government strongly believes that acting to protect our environment, reduce emissions and adapt to climate change is a shared responsibility," said Haché. "It is a responsibility that

must be embraced by all New Brunswickers. This partnership with the advisory council presents a great opportunity for youth to become involved in the fight against climate change and to contribute to a self-sufficient New Brunswick by 2026."

The sessions will be held in various communities, including Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Miramichi, Bathurst and Chipman. Sessions will encourage discussion among youth participants on ways they may address climate change in the province.

"It is important that New Brunswick youth, who are the future leaders in our province, are at the table with us to continue to make gains on the issue," Haché said. "I strongly believe the youth of our province can be role models for others, and they can find innovative ways to encourage all residents to take meaningful action on climate change."

Jordan Graham, acting chair of the advisory council, said his organization's partnership with the Department of Environment is key to involving youth in discussions about climate change.

"The Rock the Boat process offers an opportunity for youth to take action in their communities and beyond," he said. "The tour will be a positive way to involve youth in this important topic. We will be working with individuals, schools and organizations to solicit input from youth and give participants information they may use to address climate change in their communities. I encourage all youth in New Brunswick to get involved."

The advisory council voices the interests, needs, concerns and perspectives of young people 15 to 24. It advises and reports to Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Jordan Graham, acting chair, Chelsea Ferris, Youth Climate Change Project co-ordinator, New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, 1-888-830-5588 or 506-453-3271.