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Updated November 21, 2020

A few more ideas on how to help the environment.

Look for Beef that is CRSB Certified - The ranchers who raise this beef are committed to maintaining the land they use for grazing. Unlike other countries that strip land for cattle (Esp. Brazil), Canadian cattle improve the land on which they graze.

Cover your pool when it’s not in use even in the summer.  There is less evaporation, it stays cleaner, uses fewer chemicals and you run your pump and filter less.  Win-Win

 

Wash your car at a car wash.  Your garden hose spews water at 3.79 liters a minute.  If you run your hose on the driveway for 4 minutes you have used more water than the average carwash.  Plus most car washes recycle the waste water.

Use wooden or paper matches instead of disposable plastic lighters.  It’s an easy win against one use plastic, that is also contaminated with lighter fluid.

Did you know, one high watt light bulb is cheaper to run than several lower watt bulbs?  And don’t forget to dust off the bulbs regularly.

Wash your fruits and veggies in a bowl and then use the water for the lawn, garden, house plants, etc..

Plastic Bag in Ocean

As we head into winter, minimize the amount of imported fruits and vegetables you use.  Air freight is expensive to the environment in many ways. 

Plant native plants that require less water and care.  They are also good for the bees and other pollinators.  Apparently, it’s not just the murder hornets that are doing in the bees.  Managed honey bees (hives) are transferring diseases to the native bees as well

There are now reusable silicone food storage bags which can be washed out and reused repeatedly

Thanks the MASK MAKERs!

 

As we head back to the church in mid-September, the Green Team took on a task to start a Trinity Mask Sewing Guild. The masks are used as gifts for people who come to church without one.

We received the support from people who sew masks, donated quilter cotton or other sheet fabric - we are grateful for all your support!

We reached our goal for now, and will let you know if we need more help from you.

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:

    • Aurora: open every Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Town Park on Wells St.

    • Newmarket: open 9am-1pm every Saturday at The Newmarket Magna Centre South Parking Lot, 800 Mulock Drive

  • 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:

Oak Ridges blog

Green Belt

Toronto Environment


 

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