Nov. 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A forum to engage some of the province's influential people on the issue of climate change was held today in Fredericton.
The third Opinion Leaders Forum on Climate Change was hosted by Environment Minister Rick Miles to identify precise actions each opinion leader can take, either individually or in partnership with other leaders, in order to engage the public in the fight against climate change.
"If New Brunswick is to achieve the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and remain on track to become self-sufficient by 2026, every New Brunswicker needs to be engaged in the fight against climate change," said Miles. "These forums were designed to engage participants on climate change issues, and provide them with the tools to go out into their respective communities and get residents interested in being part of the climate change solution."
Those who participated included:
Participants were given an update on the progress of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, and had the chance to hear An Inconvenient Truth, which was presented by Carl Duivenvoorden, a New Brunswick writer and consultant. Participants also received a Climate Change Tool Kit, and had the opportunity to develop a plan which will help them better engage New Brunswickers in a dialogue about climate change.
"The opinion leaders forums serve as a tool to engage New Brunswickers in working with government, industry and community groups to implement the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," said Miles. "These opinion leaders are in a position to inspire action in addressing climate change in their communities, and our role at the Department of Environment is to help them in their efforts."
The first two Opinion Leaders Forums were held on May 7, 2008, and Feb. 25, 2009, in Fredericton.
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: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.