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MAY 24, 2017
Burlington Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt
Mayor Rick Goldring and singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer join Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at A Different Drummer to celebrate the Greenbelt Book
BURLINGTON – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at A Different Drummer to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffeetable book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and singer-songrwiter and activist Sarah Harmer joined Burkhard Mausberg to talk about protecting the Niagara Escarpment and the importance of the Greenbelt in the region.
“The Greenbelt encompasses tremendous natural features of Burlington and is something we are committed to continuing preserving,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Burkhard’s book reminds all of us of the significance of this area featuring green space, farm land, forests and wetlands.”
“The Greenbelt is incredibly important to me,” said Sarah Harmer. “Growing up in the shadow of Mount Nemo, I recognized that we have a beautiful resource and a responsibility to protect it. I’m proud our story of the Escarpment is part of this collection of all the stories that make the Greenbelt such a success.”
The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including Ontario wine pioneer Don Ziraldo and chef Jamie Kennedy.
“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO and author of The Greenbelt. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”
Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read.
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: greenbelt.ca.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306