Feb. 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The second Opinion Leaders Forum on Climate Change, which aims to engage some of the province's influential people on climate change issues, was held today in Fredericton.
Premier Shawn Graham and Environment Minister Roland Haché participated in the event with eight established and upcoming New Brunswick opinion leaders. The forum is being undertaken to engage participants in providing leadership and influence in addressing climate change.
"Today in New Brunswick, it is clear that we must all be engaged in achieving the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and to remain on track to become self-sufficient by 2026," Graham said. "Our government is pleased to collaborate with opinion leaders who have a willingness and ability to rally New Brunswickers to take action."
The first Opinion Leaders Forum was held May 7, 2008, in Fredericton.
"The opinion leaders forums are an important tool to engage the participation of residents and communities in successfully implementing the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," Haché said. "Participants in these forums have the ability to go out into the community and encourage others to make a difference by reducing greenhouse gases in their homes, where they work and how they travel."
Opinion leaders who participated in the forum were:
"The opinion leaders' meetings inform the Premier and minister of environment of the heart-felt views of a diverse group of New Brunswickers who share a profound concern for our future in the face of a deepening climate crisis," said Coon.
The government launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result of the New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012.
With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.