“The Greenbelt has the potential to ensure healthy and vibrant ecosystems, provide fresh air and drinking water, locally sourced and high quality agriculture, and access to beautiful natural recreation sites…. It is only through bold commitment in the decisions we make today that we can ensure that the Greenbelt establishes a legacy of sustainability to be passed on to future generations.” – Renown Canadian Scientist and Earth Advocate David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation
An Important Message for all of us living in and around the Greenbelt in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe from the David Suzuki Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group for biodiversity on our planet
Posted November 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
By protecting some of our most valuable natural systems, the Greenbelt (in Niagara and around tHamilton and the Greater Toronto Area) has the potential to ensure healthy and vibrant ecosystems, provide fresh air and drinking water, locally sourced and high quality agriculture, and access to beautiful natural recreation sites.
In addition to these benefits, the Greenbelt’s forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils offer valuable climate change mitigation services through the capture and storage of carbon.
As we embark on the gradual yet increasingly urgent shift towards a low carbon future, the Greenbelt can play an important role in offsetting emissions from other sources while at the same time enhancing the other benefits it delivers. The new planning framework for the Greater Golden Horseshoe put in place by the Ontario government since 2005 offers great promise for forging a pattern of sustainable development in southern Ontario.
The Greenbelt is an integral part of this ambitious planning framework; it not only protects valuable natural capital but also serves as a natural barrier to urban sprawl, aiding in the shift towards greater urban sustainability by encouraging growth patterns that reduce commute times, enhance urban centres, and provide for healthy and dynamic lifestyles.
This focus on sustainable growth outside the Greenbelt that will serve the pressing need to address climate change by reducing GHG emissions below the “business as usual” level, while protecting ecosystems within the Greenbelt that will naturally help counteract the GHG from other sources.
The Greenbelt is, however, on the front line of urban sprawl and is inevitably bound to face mounting pressure for resource extraction, infrastructure and other development as cities and towns in the Greater Golden Horseshoe continue to grow and flourish.
It is only through bold commitment in the decisions we make today that we can ensure that the Greenbelt establishes a legacy of sustainability to be passed on to future generations.
About the David Suzuki Foundation – Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.
For more on the David Suzuki Foundation, click on – https://davidsuzuki.org/
For information on a Public Rally you can attend in Niagara this Saturday, November 19th to raise a voice for saving our Greenbelt and our heritage sites in and around our communities, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2022/11/18/join-a-citizens-rally-for-our-natural-heritage-this-saturday-nov-19th-2-to-3-p-m-in-front-of-niagara-west-ford-mpp-sam-oosterhoffs-constituency-offce-in-beamsville-niagara/
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Thanks, Doug. I can hardly believe the fury that’s erupted all over the province over Bill 23. I only hope that it keeps up and goes somewhere… I’ve been home with a really nasty chest cold for the past week and it’s not getting any better, so I’ve decided not to go to tomorrow’s rally. Very unlike me…I hope it’s a good turnout. Cheers, Fiona
I truly hope that Sam Oosterhoff and Doug Ford are personally sent this important message from the David Suzuki Foundation. As both seem utterly ignorant as to what their ill thought out plans will do to everyone now and future generations forever.
Sadly, Doug Ford is Ontario’s version of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro. Why do greedy politicians think they are entitled to destroy the planet in order to line their own pockets? It’s disgusting and we need to stop the destruction of the Greenbelt and other environmentally sensitive areas.