On March 20th, We Celebrate Francophonie and the Planet

20 MARCH 2015

(FREDERICTON, N.-B.) March 20th marks the International Day of Francophonie, a day during French Pride Week when we celebrate the French language and the contributions of the Francophone community to New Brunswick. This day reminds us of the beauty of the diversity in New Brunswick.

The International Organization of La Francophonie's theme of the day this year, "I keep the planet in my heart," is a campaign wherein the Secretary General of Francophonie, Michaëlle Jean, launched a consultation for youth on sustainable development, "because ideas, activism and innovation on the challenges of climate change are needed," she said.

Ms. Jean invites young Francophones from 5 continents to participate on social media and encourages them to share innovative solutions as to how vulnerable francophone countries can adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

As the only Member of the Legislative Assembly who champions sustainability and climate action, the Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South, David Coon, welcomes this campaign with enthusiasm. "It's very important to engage youth in tackling the challenges we face with global warming and sustainable development. I wholeheartedly support the campaign launched by Ms. Jean," says Mr. Coon.

The Green Party Leader says that March 20th is a day for both Francophones and Anglophones to celebrate the progress we have made in New Brunswick to safeguard the French language and ensure the Acadian culture can flourish. However, he points out that there remains much work to do to achieve the same for the Aboriginal peoples of New Brunswick whose languages, he noted, are at grave risk.

"As a New Brunswicker, I am proud of the hard won constitutional protections for the French language and Acadian culture in New Brunswick," says Mr. Coon. "It's part of what defines us as New Brunswickers. I invite all New Brunswickers to join me in celebrating Francophonie," he adds.


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>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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