It's been a whole month since #GrowOurGB launched, and we wanted to let you know some of the things that have happened so far, and our future plans!
Letter Writing Campaign
More than 2,500 of you have now written to Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bill Mauro, asking the province to expand the Greenbelt and protect a 'Bluebelt' of critical water supplies threatened by urban growth. Combined with other campaigns this means almost 5,000 people have written to their provincial representatives, calling for a bigger, permanent Greenbelt.
This is a great start, and from now until September 30, we'll be keeping the pressure up and spreading the word through a variety of channels. You can help us by sharing this Action Page with 5 of your friends!
Our friends at Smart Growth Waterloo are encouraging residents to send a message to local elected representatives, asking them to grow the Greenbelt in Waterloo Region. You can use this handy contact form to quickly send a message of support. They've also written a great blog explaining why this is so important and timely.
Sustainable Cobourg held an event featuring Guelph Professor Wayne Caldwell, a respected rural planning expert, on what the Greenbelt means for farmers and local landowners. You can read more about the event and some of the discussions in this article.
Another great article in the Hamilton Spectator, from Beatrice Ekoko, about the proposed changes to the Greenbelt. According to the article:
It is however, a big let down that many communities have been left out of the proposal for an expanded Greenbelt — leaving them vulnerable to existing and future growth pressures and putting massive stress on clean water supplies.
Read the full article here.
Save the Date!
Environment Hamilton are holding monthly meetings until September to encourage local residents to submit comments to the province calling for the Greenbelt to be expanded. Upcoming meetings are August 10 at 7 pm, and September 14 at 7 pm, at Environment Hamilton's office on Wilson Street. Find out more about how to sign up here.
We love to see collaboration across boundaries - and are thrilled that Sustainable Brant and Environment Hamilton are working together to organize a Hamilton-Brant 'Ride the Greenbelt' event in support of growing the Greenbelt. The 2-hour ride will take place on Saturday, August 20 and will end with the annual SOS event in Langford - check Environment Hamilton's website for updates.
Finally, if you are near Kitchener on Thursday, September 15, save the date! Smart Growth Waterloo will be holding a special community info session at the Kitchener Public Library Central Branch. More info to come!