"Canadians want to know more about the energy we produce, distribute, and use. This national multi-year program will explore Canada's energy production and consumption, and the implications of greening the energy network as Canada positions itself as the world's foremost clean energy superpower," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources.
Over a period of six years, this initiative will reach Canadians across the country through a series of activities such as major exhibitions in the National Capital Region, travelling exhibitions, kiosks in public spaces, distance learning programs, school programs and kits, virtual exhibitions, social media programming, and a national symposium.
"All Canadians are invited to explore the relationship between energy, the Canadian economy, and the environment," said the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). "Through this initiative, citizens will be better informed about Canadian leadership in science and technology and how it is shaping the sustainable future of our energy sector."
Energy will be the focus of major exhibitions beginning in June 2011 at three national museums: the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Agriculture Museum, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
"As Canada's comprehensive science and technology showcase, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation has a mandate to foster science and technology literacy throughout Canada," said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "To ensure that energy awareness and literacy are enhanced, this exciting initiative will involve a national network of partners from many different sectors."
The theme of this multi-year event and of the exhibitions is very timely for Canada and the world. The project will showcase the latest technologies in the greening of energy, and their effects on our economy, our quality of life, and our environment. The EverGreening of Energy: A Canadian Opportunity will conclude in 2017, Canada's 150th Anniversary.