Launch of Climate Change Centre

Department of Natural Resources (to July 2018)

June 6, 2001 9:36 AM

Meinhard Doelle, executive director of Clean Nova Scotia, today
announced a new province-wide effort to raise awareness about
climate change.

The new Climate Change Action Centre was launched this morning,
June 6, in Dartmouth as part of Clean Air Day. The centre will
work to support public outreach and education activities
undertaken by various groups across the province.

“The end goal of this project is to motivate Nova Scotians to
take personal action on climate change,” said Mr. Doelle.

The Climate Change Action Centre is funded by the Government of
Canada Climate Change Action Fund, along with the Nova Scotia
Department of Natural Resources and Nova Scotia Power.

“Public education is vital if we are to address climate change,"
said George Foote, research officer with Natural Resources. “The
centre will work to increase our understanding of climate change
and will provide us with examples of actions we can take at home,
at work, and on the road.”

A steering committee, made up of environmental, government and
business interests, chose Clean Air Day to launch the new centre
in order to highlight the connection between global climate
change and local air-pollution problems.

“Our research shows that people in Nova Scotia are concerned
about climate change, but they are not quite certain about what
they can do to address it,” said Mr. Doelle. “The Climate Change
Centre will help groups across Nova Scotia to determine what
needs to be done.”

The centre also released its directory of Nova Scotia climate-
change education projects this morning. This is the first such
survey ever done in the province, listing more than 20 projects
on such diverse issues as transportation, sustainable agriculture
and residential energy efficiency, and activities of groups such
as GPI Atlantic, the Nova Scotia Lung Association, TRAX and the
Annapolis Valley Homebuilders Association.

“Public education about climate change and what we, as
individuals, can do is an important first step to developing a
made-in-Nova Scotia action plan on climate change,” said Mr.
Doelle.

Canada’s 2000 domestic action plan on climate change encourages
the establishment of public-education centres. The Nova Scotia
Climate Change Centre is one of the first in the country to be
launched.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation today launched a

provincewide effort to raise awareness about climate change.

     The new Climate Change Action Centre will support public

outreach and education activities undertaken by groups across the

province.

     A steering committee made up of environmental, government,

and business interests chose June 6th, Clean Air Day, to launch the

centre.

     They want to highlight the connection between global climate

change and local air-pollution problems.

     The new centre released its directory of Nova Scotia climate-

change education projects.

     The directory shows that more than 20 projects are under

way.

     The projects touch on issues as diverse as transportation,

agriculture, and residential energy efficiency.

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Contact: Meinhard Doelle
         Executive Director
         Clean Nova Scotia
         902-424-3476

         George Foote
         Natural Resources
         902-424-8168
         E-mail: gffoote@gov.ns.ca


kjd         June 6, 2001        9:33 A.M.