Community Action, Climate Change, and Soil Health in the Greenbelt

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pdf-icon.png Community Action, Climate Change, and Soil Health in the Greenbelt:

Building soil carbon helps mitigate climate change by taking carbon out of the atmosphere in the form of organic matter, and sequestering it in the soil. Soils with higher levels of organic carbon are also more resilient to climate change.

Earlier this year we commissioned a feasibility study of a potential multi-year project designed to measure and build soil carbon through innovative management practices around the Town of Erin. The feasibility study allowed the project team to assess interest and willingness to participate among local farmers and community groups by holding workshops and through targeted outreach. These activities demonstrated strong local enthusiasm and potential for the full pilot to go ahead.

Under this project proposal, local community groups concerned about climate change will support farmers in their efforts and contribute to the measurement stage through a citizen science process.

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Greenbelt Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Working Paper

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pdf-icon.png Greenbelt Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Working Paper

We recently investigated if it would be possible to put together a greenhouse inventory for the Greenbelt. Our report is unique in that it considers land-use emissions from agricultural practices and natural systems alongside traditional emission sectors. While there were some high level estimates and gaps in our analysis, our best net emissions estimate for the Greenbelt  is about 4.35 MtCO2e / year, or 2.5% of Ontario's total. In contrast, the Greenbelt's natural assets store 261 MtCO2e. This significant difference between what the Greenbelt stores and what is emitted emphasizes the critical need to protect carbon sinks, such as farmland and forests as they play an important role in combating climate change.

 

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Statement from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation on Potential Greenbelt Expansion

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December 15, 2017

The Province has announced public consultations to consider expanding the Greenbelt to protect important water systems that are facing pressure from urban growth and climate change.

What we heard from communities during the Greenbelt Review was significant concern about ensuring access to a sufficient supply of clean water necessary for the prosperity and vitality of the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

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Tender Fruit Acreage Revitalization Initiative

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Ontario Tender Fruit Growers
$400,000 (1 year)
http://www.ontariotenderfruit.ca/

The goal of the Tender Fruit Acreage Revitalization Initiative is to increase acreage in production, per acre yields and overall quality (sweetness, colour, shelf-life) of Niagara tender fruit, specifically peaches, nectarines, pears and plums. 

 

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Photo Contest Update

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The Greenbelt Photo Contest is still accepting photos; in fact, you have until January 10, 2018 to submit!

Every photo contest submitter will be entered in a random draw to win a 1.5 hour guided flight for up to 3 people (maximum combined weight is 450lbs) over the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. For more details on the flight click here

For more details please read the rules and regulations

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Greenbelt Wins Living City Award

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Greenbelt Foundation wins Living City Award for leadership in Sustainable Communities!

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Guide to the Holidays in 2017

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To get you started on adding local flavours to your holidays, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for supporting local Greenbelt farmers and producers this holiday season! 

From a list of Greenbelt Christmas tree farms, to year-round farms and farmers’ markets, to options for exploring the great outdoors during winter – we’ve got everything you need to know to get the most of the Greenbelt’s bounty this December.

While you're out don't forget to take a few pictures and submit them to our Greenbelt Photo Contest.

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Food and Drink Festivals: December 2017 Edition

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The beginning of the holiday season is marked with the first snow fall and with trees and streets adorned with lights! 

To get you started on the many events and festivals that are happening during December, view our list below:

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Counting Birds: 4,806 Reasons To Grow Our Greenbelt

Guest Blog Post By: Norman Liu

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Nothing gets between me and Sunday breakfast with a pot of organic, fair-trade coffee, the paper, and absolutely no one around. It’s my sacred time, and pity the poor soul who disturbs it!

But last winter, I got up before 6am, skipped the paper and coffee, pulled on layers until I could hardly move, and drove with my sister and a friend down a deserted 401. Our destination was Rouge Park, Canada’s first Urban National Park and a jewel of Ontario’s Greenbelt. We were heading to a Winter Bird Count—trading our urban comforts for a day to engage in some citizen science and get back in touch with winter. 

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Smart Growth Needs Smart Transit

The Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan is under review. Find out what's in store for the future of transit in the GHTA.

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Did you know that on average we lose 7.5 hours per week to commuting! That’s almost a whole workday.

While I am sure we could all think of better ways to spend the 7.5 hours than stuck on transit or our cars, there is more at stake than just our time.

The growth that is expected in the region over the coming decades, almost 13.5 million people in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by 2041, has the potential to threaten the natural and economic systems that are allowing us to prosper. The growth patterns of the past several decades have been characterized by car-dependent, sprawling subdivisions busting the seams of the Greater Toronto Area.

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