The entire Greater Golden Horseshoe region is being affected by a combination of climate change and population growth. It is now commonly accepted that current climatic changes and extreme weather impacts are just the beginning. The Greenbelt Foundation partnered with experts to better understand how climate change is affecting many aspects of our lives, and ways that we can individually and collectively respond to these challenges.
Their articles highlight how the Greenbelt supports climate action in a number of important and interconnected ways that affect our daily lives. It is important for people to understand that they have a relationship with the Greenbelt, and it’s not just a one-way street! It will help us and our communities adapt to climate change, but it is important we help it do the same.Read more
Climate change is anticipated to displace 200 million people around the globe by 2050. As a result, urbanized regions of Canada will likely see an influx of climate refugees. There may also be a rise of internal displacement as some regions of Canada become uninhabitable while others remain less affected. The risk of internal displacement is particularly true for Indigenous people living in Canada’s northern communities where melting permafrost is of growing concern.
So what are the impacts for those being displaced by climate change? And how might regions like the Greater Golden Horseshoe prepare to accommodate climate migrants?Read more
The Burden of Climate Change
Children and youth are disproportionally impacted by the mental health impacts of climate change. Environmentally-related anxiety, distress, grief, and feelings of impending doom are increasingly common amongst youth and children, particularly those who have lived through extreme weather events. Research suggests that youth are at increased risk of long-term trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, due to extreme weather events.Read more
With support from the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network and the Ivey Foundation, the Greenbelt Foundation and the Alliance for Healthier Communities explore the effects of climate change on youth, women and newcomers.
Researcher Catherine Macdonald from Alliance for Healthier Communities and Katie Hayes, PhD candidate at University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health examine the impacts of climate change on the physical and mental well-being of youth, women and newcomers - groups most often at risk of facing barriers to care - and local support options and programs in and around the Greenbelt region.
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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.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.Read more