May 25, 2011

Clean Air Day

Kamloops, B.C. - Did you know... A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year? That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! Clean Air Day is held each year on the first Wednesday of June. Clean Air Day is a focal point for information and action on clean air and climate change issues.

The Government of Canada proclaimed Clean Air Day in 1999 in response to requests from community-based environmental, health and transportation groups, and nation-wide activities continue to emphasize a grassroots approach.

This year, the City of Kamloops is hosting a Clean Air Day Picnic on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Riverside Park. If it rains, the event will be held in the Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre. Residents are encouraged to bring a waste-free lunch that they can eat in the park as well as a reusable water bottle.

Local businesses and City of Kamloops representatives will be displaying and promoting their own clean air initiatives such as alternative transportation, composting, recycling, etc. There will be various activities and giveaways with opportunities to win prizes.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Other activities will be going on throughout the day including environmental crafts and activities for the kids; composting information; alternative transportation information with demonstrations on attaching a bike to the bus bike rack; and much more!

Residents can pick up your passport and collect stamps when visiting the variety of booths displaying information on keeping our air clean. The completed passport can be dropped off in the passport bin and be entered to win a Grand Prize draw.

Visit www.kamloops.ca/environment for more information.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Munro, Environmental Educator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3377
jmunro@kamloops.ca