May 24, 2004

Clean Air Day targets commuters in sustainable transportation campaign

VICTORIA, BC - Walk, bike or ride public transit will be the call to arms as the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) joins Environment Canada, Transport Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Go for Green and VIA Rail Canada to promote Clean Air Day and encourage Canadians to consider sustainable transportation as their contribution to a healthier environment. "Canadians can make a positive impact on air quality by riding public transit," said Michael Roschlau, CUTA president and CEO, adding, "sustainable transportation can also play a key role in helping Canada meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol." June 2nd, the Wednesday of this year's Canadian Environment Week (May 30 - June 5), has been designated Clean Air Day, with "Commuters" as its central theme. The federal government declared Clean Air Day in 1999, in response to a request from community-based organizations involved in environmental, health and transportation-related activities. It embraces both national and local events that raise awareness about clean air and climate change issues. Canadian Environment Week was created more than 30 years ago to promote and celebrate activities that protect and preserve our environmental legacy. This year's theme is "Taking Action for our Environment." Information on Environment Week activities may be viewed on the Green Lane Web site, www.ec.gc.ca/e-week/index_e.htm.
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