For Immediate Release
November 29, 2018
ONTARIO’S GREENBELT PROTECTED AS PART OF ENVIRONMENT PLAN
Greenbelt Foundation pleased that Ontario government is committed to a protected Greenbelt as part of Ontario’s environmental framework
Ontario’s Environment Plan, released today, states that the Ontario government is “committed to protecting the Greenbelt for future generations.” This renewed provincial commitment underscores the important contribution the Greenbelt makes to helping Ontario address the impacts of climate change and makes clear that a protected Greenbelt will be an important part of Ontario’s environmental framework. The plan recognizes the role the Greenbelt’s natural systems play in mitigating the impacts of extreme weather in our changing climate.
“We are very pleased to see the Ontario government once again commit to a permanent Greenbelt that will provide public benefits for generations to come. Recognizing the Greenbelt as an essential component of the environmental plan for Ontario makes clear that this government understands its unique value and many public benefits,” said Edward McDonnell. CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with the Ontario government and local communities to continue to invest in the Greenbelt to further enhance its role in climate resiliency in the face of extreme weather and a changing climate.”
Thought leaders such as the Intact Centre on Climate Adaption have definitively shown that nature, whether in urban or rural settings, is our best investment to reduce the impacts that climate change has on our communities. We are experiencing the impacts of a changing climate, but our investments in the Greenbelt are increasing our resilience as a province.
The Greenbelt protects over 2 million acres of farmland, forests, wetlands, and natural features which collectively provide $3.2 billion in ecosystem services to Ontarians. These systems reduce the impacts of extreme weather and mitigate floods, sequester carbon, clean the air and protect our waterways. The Greenbelt Foundation’s investments in the health of these systems enhance our climate resilience and the ecological health of the landscape. In addition, the Greenbelt is an important carbon sink, storing 260 mega tonnes of carbon and capturing an additional 910,000 tonnes of carbon each year.
“Today’s plan is a positive step in continuing the protection and enhancement of a unique Ontario asset, our Greenbelt,” said Edward McDonnell.
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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 over 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
The Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext 306