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    Green Initiatives & Environmental History for: Quebec


    Basic History

    During the earliest years of British colonization, three nomadic tribes - Algonquian, Inuit and Iroquois populated the present day Quebec. From fishing, hunting, gathering, to later planting fruits, the tribes lived together, and are also known to have traded fur. Fur trade was prominent during the entire 16th century. Jaques Cartier was the first French explorer to have plant a cross on the land. Present day inhabitants of Quebec have a distinct similarity with a branch of the Iroquois tribe. The name of Quebec derived from the Algonquin word, 'Kebec', meaning where the river narrows. This name was first chosen by the french explorer S. D. Champlain, in the year 1608. The province of Quebec was formed by a Royal Proclamation of 1763 after the transfer of the French colony. It was done as per the terms laid down in the Treaty of Paris. The treaty was conceived after the end of years of war between the French and the English. The territory was redivided into Provinces of Ontario and Quebec as per a confederation agreement in 1867. After the purchase of Rupert's Land by Canada from Hudson's Bay Company in 1870, this part of the land was transferred to the territory of Quebec by the Canadian Parliament.

    Environmental History

    Quebec is located on the eastern part of Canada and it falls within the central Canada region. Total area of Quebec is almost three times of Texas or France. Quebec possesses the world's largest reserve of fresh water. As far as wildlife is concerned, the land supports white-tailed deer, Musk ox, Moose, Caribou, American black bear, Coyote, Cougar, Bobcat, Eastern Wolf and many other varied wild life. As far as small animals and the avian species are concerned, there is snowshoe hare, eastern gray squirrel, Chipmunk, blue jay, wrablers, black capped chickadee, starling, snowy owl, herring gull, golden eagle and many others. A large variety of fishes and aquatic animals like Brook trout, large-mouth bass, American pickerel, Beluga, Harp seal can also be seen in abundance. Nature has almost ushered its bounty with its variety. There is the presence of both mixed and deciduous forests along with taiga and tundra range of forests in the area. This helps in the growth of various wood based and fishing industries in the region.

    Green Initiative

    Protection of the environment is one of the important part of this initiative. In fact, the province has adopted a special plan to meet the objectives laid down in the Kyoto Protocol. Part of this effort is also in the promotion of green fuels and production of electricity through environment friendly means. The local government and the administration is trying to promote the use of bio fertilizers, recyclable batteries and paper. The promotion of green fuel like lead-free petrol and sulphur-free diesel and ethanol are also part of the green drive. The agricultural ministry is promoting the use of bio-fertilizers and bio-mass as a part of green energy initiative. In order to save trees and to reduce the consumption of paper, multi-function electronic devices are also being promoted. The building and construction department is promoting the use of LEED certification in the area. There is a growing trend of using natural light for reducing the use of artificial lights and conserve electricity to the maximum possible extent. Public transportation is being promoted over private and personal means of transportation.

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