Our Greenbelt, covering 7,200 km2 of environmentally sensitive land, is key to protecting the quality of that water for the 9 million people living in the Greater Golden Horseshoe who rely on it as drinking water.
For this instalment in the series, Joyce Chau - Executive Director of EcoSpark - discusses the multi-faceted importance of water.
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For this instalment in the series, Antonia Guidotti, Mary Burridge and Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum explore how a changing climate is impacting biodiversity, and what we can do about it.
For this instalment in the series, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit explores how a changing climate is impacting our health, and what we can do to take action.
For this instalment in the series, Ontario Nature explores how a changing climate is impacting birds and birding, and what we can do to take action.
So, you may be asking yourself, “what exactly is the Greenbelt?”
Created by legislation known as The Greenbelt Act, passed by the Government of Ontario in 2005, Ontario’s Greenbelt is a 2 million acre stretch of land in southern Ontario which encompasses farmland, forests, wetlands, and watersheds; it extends as far north as Tobermory, and stretches 325 kilometres from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River. The primary objective of this The Greenbelt Act was to prevent urban development and sprawl on agricultural and environmentally-sensitive land in one of North America’s fastest growing regions – the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). In fact, the population of the GGH is anticipated to increase from 9 million people to 13.5 million by 2041! This puts increasing pressure on the resources that provide us with clean air, drinking water, and healthy local food.Read more