Oct. 1, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - Youth in northeastern New Brunswick will have the chance to learn about environmental issues during a Green Day fair to be held in Bathurst on Monday, Oct. 5. About 60 students from high schools in districts 5, 9 and 15 will participate in the bilingual event.
The Department of Environment is joining the Nepisiguit-Chaleur Solid Waste Commission, the lead agency for the project, as well as other partners to organize the event.
"This Green Day fair provides a great opportunity to educate young leaders in grades 9-12 about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "We made the commitment in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan to work with communities and groups to educate our youth and the public about climate change and how we can make changes that will make a difference in how climate change affects our families and our province."
Climate change is the theme for the fair, and participants will attend workshops on such topics as recycling, composting, energy efficiency, green tips for home and school, and waste management. They will discuss how they can raise awareness about environmental issues and improve the environment in their communities.
"I thank our partners in this event - the solid waste commissions, government departments and businesses and groups in the northeast - for involving youth in climate change efforts," said Miles. "If New Brunswick is to be environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient, we need every New Brunswicker to be on board with our plan to address climate change."
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.