Belliveau, NDP receive national recognition as sustainability champions

September 26, 2013

(Shelburne, N.S.) NDP candidate and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau is receiving national recognition as a champion of sustainability.

 “Ensuring our environment remains clean and healthy for future generations has been a priority for this NDP government unlike previous governments who only talked about change and never took action. I’m pleased that our hard work and dedication to this cause is being recognized,” said Belliveau.

The NDP’s work was recently recognized when Belliveau was named one of the top three ‘Public Sector and Politicians’ to make the greatest contribution to sustainable development in Canada between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013 by the Delta Management Group.

The group recognizes Belliveau’s leadership role at the Nova Scotia Department of Environment in creating North America’s first hard cap on GHG emissions.

According to the sustainability group, “These initiatives will enable the transformation of the energy system in Nova Scotia from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources,”.

The group also commends Nova Scotia’s Green Economy Act, passed in 2012, which recognizes the importance of integration between the economy and the environment, and contains 25 specific environmental objectives.

Other NDP environmental initiatives include:

– Issuing moratoriums on uranium mining and fracking

– Establishing a comprehensive review of aquaculture regulations

– Protecting Georges Bank through an indefinite moratorium on oil and gas exploration

– Building the future of forestry with the creation of community forests and enhancing parks

– Exceeding our goal to protect at least 12% of our province’s land and instead protecting 13% by 2015

– Committing to have 20% of food bought by Nova Scotians be locally produced by 2020

“The NDP have taken significant steps to protect and preserve our environment. The Liberal plan to cut support for energy efficiency programs, put a moratorium on protected lands and explore ‘green’ fracking pose huge risks to our environment. We need to keep moving forward with the NDP’s plan for a better future for today’s families,” said Belliveau.

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.