Monday, October 10, 2016

Pollinators Need Your Voice: Tell the Province Your Greenbelt Includes Habitat.

The thing about pollinators is that they can't speak for themselves. If they could, they would tell you how much they appreciate habitat in which to feed, live and reproduce.

They would tell you too many of their numbers are dwindling, due to lose of habitat and other factors like pesticides and climate change.

These ethereal creatures, from whose labour we benefit from a thousand-fold, would tell you that they need what habitat is left to be protected. And now we have a chance to do just that!

Here's how:
Fortunately, the province of Ontario wants to hear from you how it can improve the Greenbelt. They are seeking your comments concerning proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan (along with the 3 other land-use plans) up until October 31st.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, natural heritage/habitat, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable.

Right now, the Greater Golden Horseshoe area is under extreme pressure from developers who want to take out land from the Greenbelt.




Let the Ontario government know that you want stronger protection for their habitat, and the habitat that exists must be protected against future development.
Now is our chance to tell them that we support policy that protects robust natural heritage systems in the Greenbelt and Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) as well as the need for more investment from the Province to go towards stewardship, securement and restoration.

We know what the benefits of NHS protection and enhancement has for wild pollinators (or visa-versa). We are also making the connections between local food security (pollinators pollinate crops for greater yields) and climate change management (we need more green infrastructure) and these are more reasons that the Greenbelt Plan policies must include pollinator health front and centre in the plan.

There are many ways to submit your comments:
1. Protectourgreenbelt.ca has a short, snappy letter you can go to.
2. Growourgreenbelt.ca has a longer letter.
3. At Environment Hamilton, we are hoping we can count on you to tell the province to grow the Greenbelt to protect precious farmland, water resources and natural heritage systems.
Here is a template letter you can adapt or use as is:
http://www.environmenthamilton.org/view/page/growing_the_greenbelt

Submit a comment online or through the Environmental Registry . It's a more formal way to register your comments.


Do this before October 31st, 2016.

It's a chance that is not going to be available again until another 10 years have passed.

Don't you think the pollinators will be forever grateful to you?

Don't you think our future generations will say, "They did good?"

NOTE

For an overview of the proposed changes to the four provincial land use plans, please see at Ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview.