Premier McGuinty Promotes A Greener Ontario
Encourages Ontarians To Help Protect The Environment; Preserve Greenspace
KING CITY -- Premier Dalton McGuinty celebrated Earth Day today by planting trees along Ontario's Greenbelt and urged Ontarians to help protect the environment and preserve greenspace.
"Ontario's Greenbelt and greenspaces across the province are a legacy for our children," said Premier McGuinty. "We all share a responsibility to ensure they have clean air to breathe, safe water to drink and parks to play in."
The McGuinty government's Greenbelt Act, 2005 and Greenbelt Plan permanently protects 1.8 million acres around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It is one of several things the government is doing to protect the environment and make Ontario cleaner, greener and healthier for years to come.
- Protects thousands of acres of prime agricultural lands and tender fruit lands so farmers can continue to grow the foods we eat
- Preserves our watersheds, rivers and forests to protect the water we drink and air we breathe
- Promotes recreation, sports and tourism by encouraging the development of a trail system, open spaces and parklands
- Sets strict limits on where urban boundaries can and cannot expand.
"The McGuinty government has a plan for healthy growth in Ontario," said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen. "Our Greenbelt Plan strikes a balance between protecting our greenspaces and agricultural lands while meeting the needs of growing communities."
Premier McGuinty, joined by Minister Gerretsen at a tree planting ceremony at King City Public School, encouraged Ontarians to participate in the variety of Earth Day activities planned in communities across the province this weekend and throughout the month.
"Let us all pledge to commemorate Earth Day today and every day," said Premier McGuinty. "By protecting our environment and preserving our greenspaces, we can help build stronger communities, improve our health and create a quality of life that is second to none."