Become a Land Scout for the Greenbelt!

May 29, 2023

Become a "Land Scout" for Ontario's Greenbelt!

Ontario’s Greenbelt surrounds the Greater Toronto Area, stretching from northeast of Cobourg to Niagara with one section branching out north towards the Bruce Peninsula. The Greenbelt has been protected by the provincial government since 2005. "It is the world’s largest Greenbelt and one of the most biologically rich areas in all of Canada" (Greenbelt Foundation).

Photo by Federico Respini

The Greenbelt protects the resources that provide clean air and water, reduces flood risks, mitigates climate change, and provides a home for a plethora of species. Farmland makes up around 40% of the Greenbelt – this area also drives local economy. So, it’s safe to say that protecting the Greenbelt is crucial for overall environmental and human health.

Unfortunately, the Ford government broke a promise that they made back in 2018 stating that they will never open the Greenbelt up for development.

“They don’t want me to touch the Greenbelt, we won’t touch the Greenbelt,” - Ford, 2018.

In November 2022, the provincial government unveiled their plan to remove vital land from the Greenbelt for housing development. This plan was silently finalized in December despite all the backlash from the public. The government wants to remove approximately 7,400 acres of Greenbelt land to build homes and add more Greenbelt land to other areas.

Map of Ontario's Greenbelt

We want to do everything we can to stop the destruction of farmland and natural areas in the Greenbelt. Earthroots is partnering up with the volunteer led organization, Greenbelt Guardians to find local Land Scouts for the Greenbelt.

We are looking for individuals or groups who are interested in monitoring the threatened lands. If you are interested, please click the link below to learn more and sign up!

Click here to become a Land Scout for the Greenbelt!

Header photo by Greg Trowman

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