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Policy Recommendation


Environmental Education

Relative to even neighbouring provinces, there is a general low level of understanding in Newfoundland and Labrador of the environmental implications of every-day personal and firm-level decision-making. This educational gap is to the detriment of the natural environment, slows public interest in standard levels of environmental stewardship and services, restricts domestic demand for sustainable products and services, and inhibits environmental entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

From an economic development perspective, there are opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador to become a global leader in green products and services as they relate to the ocean environment, an island setting, the distance from major markets, service delivery for remote areas, and major industries such as oil and gas. However, these opportunities are unlikely to be realized if the resident population has little appreciation for the environment. The basic principles of sustainability must be widely understood by both decision-makers and end users. The provincial government – which has an unparalleled geographical and employment footprint – must lead.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to educate all employees, departments, and crown agencies in environmental awareness.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to lead by example and implement – and enforce – sustainability considerations in internal decision-making processes.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with industry on a long-term campaign to increase environmental awareness within the private sector, including the integration of sustainability principles in to respective training programs.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with public and private stakeholders on a long-term campaign to increase environmental awareness with the general public.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with municipalities in greening their operations and communicating environmental initiatives, priorities, and issues. Municipalities enjoy a close relationship with residents as the services they provide often directly impact day-to-day lives.



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