You simply can’t buy, invent, or recreate what we have here. We live in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, are host to rare plant and animal species, and share the Bruce Trail system with Southern Ontario. We are ‘Ontario’s Natural Retreat.’ Our own economic development strategy indicates that our economic future is most successful when we take care of, showcase, and share the natural environment.
The facts are that municipalities make vital decisions that deal directly with the environmental protection and the impacts climate change. Waste, flood management, green spaces, urban development, mass tourism etc. All of these things change our local environment and the quality of our lives.
First action to take would be to improve the waste collection in our public spaces and at home. We need to leave the ‘all purpose oil drum’ garbage containers in the past. We need diverse waste and recycling collection so we can capture data in our recreational and downtown spaces. That data can be used to identify each object and prioritize how to mitigate waste from our landfill.
Second action would be to support the creation of a Committee on Sustainability and the Environment to identify the best practices of neighbouring municipalities and find realistic and affordable ways to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Lets replicate what’s working!