Recently the Dairy Farmers of Canada launched a new advertising campaign aimed at convincing Canadians that its farmers are careful about animal welfare, milk quality and the environment. Now they are backing that promise up by investing in Tree Canada’s National Greening Program (NGP), which will support the planting of 25,000 trees in various locations throughout Canada. The NGP is supported in part by the federal government’s Two Billion Trees Program.
In Canada producing one litre of milk emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions than the global average. The Canadian dairy industry carbon footprint decreased by 23% from 1990 to 2016 alone, according to data from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Canadian dairy farmers say they are dedicated to preserving our natural resources for future generations and taking concrete steps to fight climate change. Trees play an important role in diversifying and restoring native vegetation, stabilizing soil, creating habitat and corridors for wildlife, and promoting carbon sequestration and clean air for all.
“Canadian dairy farmers have always been innovative in their approach to excellence,” says Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Meeting some of the most stringent standards in the world, 100 per cent Canadian milk achieves its high quality through a big-picture approach that includes caring for animals and the environment.”
Danielle St-Aubin, Chief Executive Officer OR Léo Duguay, Chair of the Board of Tree Canada added that they are grateful to work with and receive the generous support of Dairy Famers of Canada.
Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources
The goal for the Ministry of Natural Resources is to see Canada planting two billion trees. According to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan Jr, the tree planting effort is more than a plan for climate action. It’s a plan for creating thousands of good, green jobs. We’re rolling out tree-planting projects right across the country, like this one with Dairy Farmers of Canada. Planting trees gets us to net-zero.”
Planting two billion trees is an integral part of Canada’s strengthened climate plan. It is intended to help Canada meet its climate goals and will lower emissions by up to 12 megatonnes annually by 2050 by removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada released this video highlighting their efforts.