green team initiative
The Greenbelt in Ontario, located around the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, is not just a pretty sight to see!
Founded in 2005 to preserve natural land, it also provides Toronto’s drinking water, forests to help clean the air we breathe by offsetting 71 million tonnes of carbon each year, and farmland to give us fresh food (including “Ontario’s Vegetable Basket”: the Holland Marsh”).
Closer to home, we have the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is home to 88 species that are provincial or national species at risk.
Lately there is more concern of the effects of urban sprawl, and how new development and construction is putting a lot of this important land at risk, as it is expected that up to 13.5 million people will be living around the Greenbelt by 2041.
The Toronto Environmental Alliance has been working with the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance to help grow the Greenbelt in Toronto’s Ravines, and prevent the threat of urban sprawl from taking away vital jobs, resources, and most importantly land that thousands of species rely on - including us.
This crucial asset to our province needs to be conserved, and we can help on a smaller scale in multiple ways!
Supporting local farmers/food producers by buying at farmer’s markets:
Volunteering for various initiatives such as removing invasive species, tree planting, managing trails. For more info, check out Oak Ridges Moraine
Planting your own butterfly garden with native plants such as Black-Eyed Susans, Milkweed, Coneflowers, and Wild Bergamot (bee balm)
Donating to the Greenbelt Foundation to ensure investments that allow this area to continue flourishing
For more information, check out on below sites: