Climate Change Significant Public Health Issue of Our Era - New Report from Greenbelt Foundation and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 22, 2019

 

CLIMATE CHANGE SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE OF OUR ERA:

NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT

Health in a Changing Climate” discusses key health risks posed to Ontarians by climate change and highlights actions that could mitigate these impacts

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for an in-depth look at how a changing climate impacts the health of Ontarians. By highlighting the key health risks, as well as the actions individuals and communities can take to respond, Health in a Changing Climate discusses climate change as both a public health threat and an opportunity for positive action.

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Ontario's Greenbelt Protected as Part of Environment Plan

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.

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NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND ONTARIO NATURE SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS BIRDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2018

NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND ONTARIO NATURE SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS BIRDING

Birds in a Changing Climate” highlights 31 species of Greenbelt birds that are climate threatened or endangered and actions to mitigate these impacts

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario Nature for an in-depth look at how a changing climate impacts bird populations in the Greenbelt. Birding is one of many day-to-day activities enjoyed by Ontarians in and around the Greenbelt that is being impacted by climate change. Birds in a Changing Climate identifies birds that are climate threatened and climate endangered, and identifies action that helps birds to thrive.

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Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society

Municipal Natural Asset Initiative: Refining and Implementing Solutions in the Greenbelt Region
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society
$300,000 (over 3 years)
www.mnai.ca

Grant Stream: Resilient Greenbelt
Date Approved: March 20, 2018

The emerging practice of municipal natural asset management values ecosystem services (i.e. stormwater conveyance, water purification) and manages natural assets as part of a local government’s asset management and infrastructure program. The project offers training on stormwater management services for up to seven (7) local governments in the Greenbelt and favours municipal partnerships within individual watersheds. Managing nature to provide key services can reduce infrastructure costs and vulnerabilities (i.e. flooding) for municipalities and increase the protection and enhancement of natural systems in the Greenbelt and surrounding area.

 

 

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Alternatives Inc.

Engaging stakeholders to expand the Greenbelt into the Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington
Alternatives Inc.
$16,750 (over 3 months)
www.alternativesjournal.ca

Grant Stream: Expansion Consultation Fund
Date Approved: February 23, 2018

Educational community events in Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph, discuss the importance of preserving farmland and sensitive environmental lands, encourage participation in the provincial consultations to consider expansion of the Greenbelt.

 

 

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Alternatives Inc.

Indigenous in the Greenbelt (editorial series)
Alternatives Inc.
$15,000 (over 7 months)
www.alternativesjournal.ca

Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

An editorial series (written / recorded / filmed) captures Indigenous perspectives and experiences connected to the Greenbelt, strengthening the cultural heritage, history and knowledge of the landscape.

 

 

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Grape Growers of Ontario

Celebrity Luncheon Fundraiser
Grape Growers of Ontario
$15,000 (over 3 months)
www.grapegrowersofontario.com

Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

Niagara grape growers are celebrated at an annual luncheon that profiles the economic benefits of the industry to the region, discusses future goals and increases awareness of the protected Greenbelt and its impact on the industry.

 

 

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Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

Wilderness Eco-Adventures
Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association
$53,100 (over 1 year)
www.bpba.ca

Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

Year-round, guided outdoor adventures (1-3 days) on the Bruce Peninsula support environmental education, local economy and rural vitality - enhancing the benefits realized from the protected Greenbelt.

 

 

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Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Natural Assets Business Case
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
$35,000 (over 18 months)
www.cvc.ca/cvc-foundation/

Grant Stream: Resilient Greenbelt
Date Approved: September 26, 2017

The Greenbelt and adjacent natural systems will be inventoried in Peel Region and the value of stormwater services assessed and integrated into the Region’s municipal asset management program and financial processes. Business cases will establish comparable economic costs and returns. The project will change Peel Region’s overall asset management strategy, encourage greater investment in the restoration of wetlands and other green infrastructure in the Credit River Valley watershed and prioritize natural asset restoration projects. Project partners include Peel Region and lower-tier municipal governments, TRCA and FCM.

 

 

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Ancient Forest Exploration & Research

Old-growth Forests of Ontario’s Greenbelt: A Guide to Hiking, Natural History and Conservation
Ancient Forest Exploration & Research
$26,000 (over 2 years)
www.ancientforest.org

Grant Stream: Resilient Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

A hiking guide helps Ontarians discover old-growth forests in the Greenbelt and learn about their ecological values and practical conservation information. The guide will increase citizen and stakeholder understanding of the ecological, economic and recreational value of protecting forests in the Greenbelt and engages residents in citizen science activities to protect and conserve these features.

 

 

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