New Report from Greenbelt Foundation and Royal Botanical Gardens Shows How Climate Change Impacts Gardening

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September 25, 2018

 

NEW REPORT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION AND ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS GARDENING

“Gardening in a Changing Climate” identifies how gardeners can take action in their own yards to reduce impacts of climate change in our region

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Royal Botanical Gardens for this first report in a new series exploring how a changing climate impacts day-to-day activities enjoyed by Ontarians in and around the Greenbelt. Gardening in a Changing Climate identifies how gardening is already being impacted by climate change and actions home gardeners can take to adapt to and mitigate these impacts.

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Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition

Vision 2020: Growing Green in Simcoe County
Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition
$177,000 (over 2 yrs)
www.simcoecountygreenbelt.ca

Grant Stream: Expansion Consultation Fund
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

The project engages residents, local stakeholders and community groups in local growth management issues and implementation of the provincial Greenbelt and Growth Plans.

 

 

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Wellington Water Watchers

Expanding the Greenbelt in the Grand River Watershed
Wellington Water Watchers
$10,760 (over 3 months)
www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca

Grant Stream: Expansion Consultation Fund
Date Approved: March 20, 2018

Local residents, concerned about water supplies / availability in Wellington County use social media to increase awareness of the provincial consultations considering expansion of the Greenbelt and encourage participation and support.

 

 

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Gardening In a Changing Climate

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Royal Botanical Gardens to explore how climate change impacts gardening and plants, not only at the Royal Botanical Gardens but in your home garden as well. The Greenbelt is an important asset as we work together to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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In A Changing Climate: Foreword by Edward McDonnell

The Greenbelt is not an abstract ideal. It is a working landscape of over 4,800 farms and 47 towns and hamlets. It is home to a rich array of plants and animals. It is a destination for tourists to enjoy Ontario food, beer and wine. It is where millions of Ontarians go to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, swimming and canoeing. It is also critical to Ontario’s health and well-being, providing fresh air, flood protection and clean water, and fresh fruit and vegetables to millions of people.

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North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT)

NDACT and Expansion of the Greenbelt
North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT)
$15,000 (over 10 months)
www.ndact.com

Grant Stream: Expansion Consultation Fund
Date Approved: June 20, 2018

Community meetings and activities increase citizen and stakeholders understanding of the agricultural, ecological and economic value of protecting farmland and water resources in Dufferin County.

 

 

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National Farmers Union - Ontario

Mobilizing Farmers
National Farmers Union - Ontario
$25,000 (over 9 months)
www.nfuontario.ca/new/

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

NFU-Ontario engages its local membership by promoting awareness of provincial consultations, hosting facilitated discussions on growth pressures and farmland and protection and submitting formal comments to the province.

 

 

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Langford Conservancy

Community Organizing to Grow the Greenbelt
Langford Conservancy
$25,000 (over 9 months)
www.lconserv.org

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

Langford Conservancy will increase awareness about provincial consultations taking place to protect water resrouces and how their members can participate. The conservancy will also collaborate with its members to develop a formal submission to the province.

 

 

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Ecospark

Grow the Greenbelt to protect our waters
Ecospark
$37,930 (over 3 months)
www.ecospark.ca

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

The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership (Ecospark, Ontario Nature, STORM) researches and develops a technical/science-based submission as part of the provincial consultations considering expansion of the Greenbelt. Document to be shared among a network of community organizations to increase understanding of the issues and needs.

 

 

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Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO)

Engaging Stakeholders in Greenbelt Expansion Consultations
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO)
$8,080 (over 3 months)
www.efao.ca

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

Activities promote awareness of provincial consultations considering Greenbelt expansion and encourage participation by farmers. Capacity funding supports a joint submission with the Organic Council of Ontario.

 

 

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