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World Environment Day

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department took to mark World Environment Day on 5 June 2008. (210729)

World Environment Day 2008 focused on moving towards a low carbon economy, complementing DEFRA’s Act On CO2 campaign, which encourages behavioural change and increased understanding of the link between CO2 emissions and climate change. The Act On CO2 calculator helps people to work out and reduce their carbon footprint. To coincide with World Environment Day, DEFRA announced that the calculator received its one millionth unique visitor.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn) attended the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg. Discussions focused on EU-wide emissions targets, the Carbon Trading scheme, and vehicle emissions targets.

To mark World Environment Day, I attended and spoke at the UK Final of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global award scheme for young British entrepreneurs who are engaging with climate change.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste (Joan Ruddock) attended the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Birmingham city council’s joint climate change festival and gave a speech welcoming the launch of the city council’s Climate Change Strategy. The Minister also visited one of the 38 schools in Birmingham that marked World Environment Day by showing first hand how teachers were integrating messages about climate change into the national curriculum.