Last night we had the enjoyment of attending the fourth annual Brewer’s Plate. The event is hosted in support of a great local organization, Not Far from the Tree. The sold out event is clearly a highlight for many as it combines Ontario craft beers, local food and well-known chefs. We loved all the food and beer we tried, but there were a few pairings that really stood out for us.Read more
The Toronto Declaration for Global Greenbelts:
Local Solutions for Global Challenges
On March 23rd and 24th, 2011 over 210 delegates from 16 countries gathered for the first Global Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada. Delegates identified universal and well-established benefits to people who live and work in all greenbelts and surrounding communities. The result: a call to action to establish an International Greenbelt Network. The Network will maximize greenbelt benefits, and protect and expand their boundaries.Read more
On March 22nd, ReelGreenbelt finalists joined us at the Raddison Admiral at Toronto's Harbourfront to find out who would take home the big prizes...
Ultimately, three young men from the University of Waterloo took home the grand prize with their encompassing and entertaining hip-hop message.Read more
March 24 2011 -
I’m honoured to be here with you today. You’ve had the comic act and the music – I’m the pep talk.
This Global Greenbelt Conference signals one of the most important movements of the twenty-first century. I won’t call it “the movement to save Nature,” since no matter what we human beings do to it, some of what we call “Nature” is likely to survive our worst efforts. Microbes at the bottom of the ocean will likely make it through. So it’s not Nature this movement aims to save – it’s us. It’s a movement to save the human race, through preserving and improving the conditions that we ourselves need in order to remain alive and healthy within functioning societies. As such, the Greenbelt initiative is part of a huge group of other conservation organizations – everything from international ones like World Wildlife to Nature Conservancy to Birdlife International, to national and provincial ones like Nature Canada and Ontario Nature, all the way to very local ones.Read more
With nearly 20 million people, São Paulo is one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. However, the area’s rapid growth in the last few decades has relied on the unsustainable consumption of natural resources within the region. In 1989, significant public opposition to a large road building project that would have adversely impacted water resources led to a larger, more broadly based civil society movement that called for the creation of a reserve to protect natural lands. It ultimately resulted in the establishment of the São Paulo City Green Belt Biosphere Reserve in 1994.
During Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges from March 22-March 24 at the Radisson Admiral Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Rodrigo Victor, Director-General of the São Paulo State Forest Institute, will speak about how the Biosphere Reserve has since been an important tool in fostering the systemic and integrated management of the metropolis’ urban and peri-urban systems. He will explain how its success depends on a governance system that includes representation from a cross section of government agencies and non-government organizations, and will outline the comprehensive projects and activities of the Forest Institute including research, support for agriculture, youth eco-job training programs, and environmental protection policies.Read more
Today is the sixth birthday of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the response on twitter has been overwhelming!...
By adding ‘twibbons’ (changing profile pictures to Greenbelt’s logo) supporters of Ontario’s largest protected space showed their love and to wish the Greenbelt a very happy birthday.Read more
Visit Harbourfront on Family Day- Skate for free & Visit the Greenbelt "Beyond Imaginings" outdoor exhibit!
Looking for something to do with the kids on Monday? Visit "Beyond Imaginings" outdoor art exhibit and take your family for a free skating event at the Harbourfront Centre on February 21st...Read more
Forget flowers or chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Instead, treat yourself or that special someone with registration for Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges. Don’t miss this chance to attend the first ever Global Greenbelts Conference from March 22nd to March 24th, 2011 at the Radisson Admiral Hotel. This Conference brings together policymakers, practitioners, and advocates from around the world, while mixing panel discussions and site visits to Ontario’s Greenbelt to highlight the potential of Greenbelts to help manage urban growth, sustain farming and the vibrancy of the surrounding countryside communities, and protect valuable ecosystems.
Within the Netherlands, the four large cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, and The Hague surround a unique landscape, and mainly agricultural area, the Groene Hart or Green Heart. In the 17th century, parts of the Green Heart were used as a line of defence, whereby a system of locks, dykes, and controlled flooding of the land stopped the enemy from advancing. In 2003, the Green heart was declared a National Landscape park.
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If you are interested in local food issues, conserving biodiversity, and learning about food crops or garden plants, then Seedy Sunday should be at the top of your list of “to-dos” this weekend! As a first-timer on the Seedy Sunday scene, I’m sure to learn a lot about seeds, gardening, and making food accessible in our local neighbourhoods....
A big thanks to Seeds of Diversity Canada, who started this event in the 1990s. Back then, it was a seed exchange with a focus on heirloom, heritage and organic varieties. Over 20 years later, the event is now held across Canada. Toronto’s Seedy Sunday (and Saturday), 14 years old, now attracts approximately 2,500 people and 50+ vendors.Read more