Climate Change the focus of many environmental projects

New Brunswick Government

The Environmental Trust Fund is helping people around the province make changes in their lives to address climate change.

The Department of Environment and Local Government says the fund is investing about $2.5 million into more than 60 projects that focus on climate change.

A press release states the funding is part of an overall investment of about $8.4 million for more than 230 environmental projects in 2019-2020.

"Through our Environmental Trust Fund, many projects are getting financial support to address and mitigate the effects of climate change," said Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr.

The province says projects include examining how rivers and lakes are affected by a warmer climate, studying coastal erosion and developing adaptation plans for communities.

The Gaia Project was awarded $100,000 to develop a climate change education plan for francophone and anglophone schools, and to engage youth in thinking critically about sustainability in support of energy reduction.

New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan was endorsed by the province on December 5 and several actions are already underway.

The Environmental Trust Fund was established by the Environmental Trust Fund Act, with contributions generated from the Beverage Containers Program.