NEWS RELEASE · 22nd April 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell made the following statement on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
"Earth Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness for our environment. There is no denying that the world has changed. Climate change is real and we must all do our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the impact our actions have on the world.
"In British Columbia we are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful, pristine land on the planet. The province's natural beauty is diverse and unparalleled. We are blessed with a land that deserves preservation and we have a responsibility to protect it.
"The B.C. Government is working to lead by example both domestically and internationally. This year B.C. will become North America's first jurisdiction to have a 100 per cent carbon-neutral public sector. Today, more than 13.5 million hectares of British Columbia are protected, more than any other province in Canada. This is an area equal to the size of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI combined. We generate 90 per cent of our electricity from no- carbon or low-carbon sources. But we still must conserve energy and spread the message of the importance of reducing consumption.
"Each one of us can make a difference with our actions. Whether it is ensuring we recycle or conserving energy, every little bit helps. By working together, we can leave a better planet for our children and grandchildren."