Canadians want cleaner air and cleaner water for their children and grandchildren. When companies pollute our natural environment, they pay the price and the Government of Canada ensures that environmental good follows environmental harm by investing those fines in projects that benefit the environment.
Today, Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan–Woodbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada will be investing $3,326,206 in Project 2050: Community Climate Challenge.
With this funding, Earth Rangers will engage 300,000 children aged six to twelve across Canada to help meet Canada’s target of net-zero emissions through collective action at home, at school, and in their communities. Through educational materials about the top causes of climate change in Canada, the Earth Rangers project will demonstrate how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our daily lives and work towards our country’s 2050 goal.
This funding comes from the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund under its Climate Action and Awareness Fund. The Climate Action and Awareness Fund was created from the $196.5-million fine paid by Volkswagen for circumventing Canada’s environmental protection rules, the largest environmental fine in Canadian history.