World Water Day offers us a chance to reflect on our connection to water and how we can best protect it. Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), expanding urban footprints are threatening lands that filter water, control flooding and recharge aquifers. By guiding development in existing urban centres and protecting natural features, we can protect the source of drinking water for millions of residents. “Grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable water supplies” has become a rallying cry for the more than 35,000 Ontarians who wrote to the provincial government demanding greater protection for their water.
Next Saturday, May 11th is International Migratory Bird Day! This is a fantastic occasion to celebrate not only the stunning spring migrants making their way through our province, but also an occasion to celebrate all birds as well as conservation efforts. It’s a chance to marvel at the things we often take for granted and to recognize how wondrous, surprising, colorful and precarious nature around us really is.
Today marks the eighth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, a swath of protected lands that stretch from Niagara in the south to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, and east of Cobourg. Creating the Greenbelt, at more than 700,000 hectares, it includes the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine, was the provincial government’s response to curbing urban sprawl in the Greater Toronto Area. Moreover, the Greenbelt supports the ecological services we all depend on: clean air, clean water and healthy local food.