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Ontario Celebrates Earth Week

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Ontario Celebrates Earth Week

McGuinty Government Taking Strong Action To Protect Environment

Ontario families are marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by helping protect the environment and participating in Earth Week activities.

Earth week activities include neighbourhood litter cleanups, tree plantings and community challenges to reduce disposable items that end up in local landfills.

The Ontario government continues to take significant action to protect the environment.  These actions include:

  • Phasing out the use of coal-generated electricity by 2014 -- the single largest initiative in Canada to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Transforming our energy supply to cleaner sources, to reduce air pollution and GHGs.
  • Reducing toxic substances with one of the toughest cosmetic pesticides bans in the world, and requiring industry to develop toxics use reduction plans.
  • Protecting our air by introducing 59 new or updated air standards -- the biggest improvement in regulating air toxics in the province in more than 30 years.
  • Safeguarding our drinking water from the source to the tap, making it among the best protected in the world.
  • Launching new programs for recycling household hazardous waste, waste electronics and used tires.

There is more to come.  One of the government's next steps is to introduce the Water Opportunities Act.  This legislation -- part of the Open Ontario plan -- would drive water conservation and create more Ontario jobs in the growing global market for clean water technology.

Quick Facts

  • Earth Day was first held in 1970.
  • This year, Earth Week takes place from April 17 to 25 with Earth Day occurring April 22. More than one billion people around the world are expected to participate in environment events.

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“Ontario is proud of the work being done to make our province greener, stronger and healthier. We have taken strong action to protect our environment, and keep our air, water and land clean today and for future generations.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

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