A Starry Night For Ontario's Greenbelt

Last week the snow clouds parted and warm starry skies gave us a taste of spring. With the new season quickly approaching, things are heating up for the Greenbelt. We’re celebrating the first day of spring with our international greenbelts conference – bringing the stars out for everyone to see.

We are proud to announce that some of Ontario’s best artists will be attending our International Greenbelts Conference in March.  Margaret Atwood will be speaking about the importance of green belts, songstress Sarah Harmer will serenade the attendees with her award–winning music and the critically acclaimed cast of Second City will bring the laughs. It’s sure to be a great showcase of Ontario culture, music, and environmental ideals – all with a  great sense of humour.

Artists  have long been the vessels for change and leaders of progress, inspiring millions and enlightening many. With the artists in attendance, we will show the world Ontario’s culture, as they  learn about this province’s world-leading Greenbelt.

The conference is the first of its kind in the world --- gathering experts from green belts across Europe, Australia, South America, and the United States. From March 22nd to the 24th, 2011, Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges will unite people with diverse backgrounds to discuss how greenbelts can help address key agricultural, environmental, and social challenges.  When Canada’s international environmental reputation is being questioned, we have a national treasure right in our backyard and the world wants to learn from our success.

“An event like this has never been done before and why shouldn’t we learn from each other so the Greenbelt will become as iconic as our Ontario artists,” says Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.  

The Greenbelt is a world-leading law that preserves prime farmland, wetlands, and green spaces around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It gives us clean water and healthy local food and is the largest Greenbelt in the world. It saves Ontario taxpayers $2.6 billion per year in environmental services and provides $5.4 billion to Ontario’s economy through farming and food production.  The Greenbelt Foundation works to provide support, educate, advocate and communicate the goals, ideas and benefits of our Greenbelt.

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For more information contact: Carla Balabanowicz, Communications Assistant, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, (416) 960-0001, ext. 306 cbalabanowicz-at-greenbelt.ca or visit www.globalgreenbeltsconference.ca

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