Durham Students Sign on to Greenbelt Youth Charter to Celebrate Earth Week

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April 20, 2016

DURHAM STUDENTS SIGN ON TO GREENBELT YOUTH CHARTER TO CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
Students from Dunbarton H.S. in Pickering tour our Greenbelt and take the Youth Charter Pledge

Students from Dunbarton High School are among the more than 800 students who have signed onto the Greenbelt Youth Charter and will be getting an in-depth look at the Greenbelt on a day-long Tour. Launched in November 2015, the Greenbelt Youth Charter was written by Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors from high schools across the region who will benefit from a strong and protected Greenbelt for decades to come.

“The Greenbelt is important to me because it’s part of my childhood, and is great for my mental and physical well-being,” said Greenbelt Youth Ambassador Andrew Fryer from Dunbarton High School,who went on a tour of the Greenbelt in September. “On the tour, I learned there is more to theGreenbelt than most people see. Considering that most Ontarians no longer grow food for themselves, it doesn’t make sense to build houses on some of the best soil in Canada.”

“Smart growth connected to a protected Greenbelt is as much of an asset to young people as a smartphone connected to wifi,” said Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg. “The Youth Charter is about young people standing up to say they believe in a green future with local food and protected ecosystems and waterways.”

Along with the tour of the Greenbelt, EcoSpark is spending the day at Milliken Mills High School in Markham on Wednesday April 20 to participate in an Ecofair where 1,000 students will learn about the Greenbelt and environmental initiatives in their community.

The young and the young at heart are encouraged to support the Greenbelt Youth Charter for Earth Week by visiting www.ecospark.ca/show-your-support-sign-charter.

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About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at:

About EcoSpark:

EcoSpark works with communities and schools, providing them with the knowledge and tools to monitor their environment and take action for positive environmental change. EcoSpark has empowered Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors to create the Greenbelt Youth Charter to give future voters a voice in the 2015 Coordinated Land Use Planning Review. www.ecospark.ca.

Contact:
Erica Woods
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306
ewoods@greenbelt.ca

Joyce Chau
Executive Director
EcoSpark
Phone: 647-258-3280 ext. 2005
joyce@ecospark.ca

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