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Ontario to plant 50,000 trees


August 21, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Ontarians can take part in what has been recognized as the most ambitious project of its kind in North America by t…

Ontarians can take part in what has been recognized as the most ambitious project of its kind in North America by the United Nations. The United Nations Environment Programme launched Plant for the Planet with the objective of planting at least 1,000,000 trees per year worldwide, and the government of Ontario has given the biggest pledge to date in North America.

Working with partners, the Ontario government has pledged to plant as many as 5,000,000 trees per year in southern Ontario, with the goal of planting 50,000,000 trees by 2020. This will cost $79,000,000 and help remove 3,800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere by 2054. We are proud to join forces with other like-minded jurisdictions around the world in the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign, said Laurel Broten, Minister of the Environment.

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Premier Dalton McGuinty observed, weve set ambitious goals, but I have no doubt that, by working together, well be able to look back with a sense of pride at our accomplishments and the greener province weve built.


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