World Environment Day (WED) activities in North America span six weeks. Known as the Bridging the Gap Initiative, this period was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) in April 2008. Through this initiative, UNEP RONA aims to link Earth Day on April 22 to World Environment Day on June 5 by inviting from all sectors of society, individuals and organizations alike, to organize activities under the WED umbrella. To date, more than 50 activities have been registered under the WED banner in Ontario, and these will culminate with a series of special events in Toronto on June 6 and 7.
Sustainable Prosperity’s Chair, Stewart Elgie will participate in the press conference on June 6th, along with Honorable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources; Province of Ontario, Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP RONA, Geoff Cape, Executive Director, Evergreen Brick Works, Stewart Elgie, Chair, Sustainable Prosperity, Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, Ernie Springolo, Division Head, Bayer MaterialScience Canada and Co-Chair, Bayer Canada’s Sustainability CouncilOn June 7, UNEP RONA, the Canadian Environmental Network and Evergreen Brick Works will bring together 40 environment leaders in the Province of Ontario to take part in the first of 10 consultations on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 scheduled to take place in Brazil in June 2012. Sustainable Prosperity’s Alex Wood will be participating in the consultation.