To: Doug Ford
Demand a Green Tomorrow for Ontario
The climate crisis is much bigger than any of us could have imagined. Ontario must move forward in becoming a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. We must demand action and target the biggest contributors; some examples include the fossil fuel industry, as well as our overconsumption and production of waste. We must act now and fight for a clean planet, as well as a more affordable and accessible world for all. The voices of all Ontarians must be heard, not just the wealthy corporate lobbyists who stand in the way of progress.
List of things we want to introduce to Niagara:
Introduction of moss walls and more plants around the city to increase air quality and reduce CO2.
Introduce more green spaces in busy public places, and put up vertical gardens on the sides of buildings and highway sound barriers.
Start a fund or for community gardens to make the growing of food easier, and more accessible.
Get in touch and reconcile with Indigenous leaders and communities to find ways to improve sustainability and become more eco-friendly, as well as recognizing their place as the rightful owners of this land so that we may reinstate them as official partners of the Canadian Government.
Ban the use of single use plastics, plastic packaging in stores and Styrofoam, make businesses switch to more clean methods, such as MycoComposite™ packaging, which makes use of agricultural waste to produce affordable packaging that does not end up in landfills.
Introduce a plan to help the homeless by giving them the opportunity to grow their own food with these gardens, as well as offering them jobs to maintain city plants and clean up litter.
Force businesses to stop throwing out excess foods and have them supplied to homeless shelters
Increase the amount of recycling bins and waste bins to prevent littering.
Introduce composting plants to more distant communities in Niagara such as Chippawa
Put more funding into public transport and bike lanes to reduce the incentive to purchase a car and reduce emissions.
Introduce the concept of wildlife bridges for animals on busy roads and highways in the Niagara Region, as well as increase the amount of protected habitats.
Get in touch with prisons and allow inmates the opportunity to help cultivate gardens and recycle, with the possibility of giving them jobs once their sentences have been served. Shift our view of justice from punishment to rehabilitation.
Introduce rooftop gardens and trees, plant more flowers to increase the bee and butterfly population.
Introduce refill stations in stores to allow people to reuse existing containers for products like dish soap, toothpaste, beverages, dried foods and nuts, spices, makeup products and more.
This is only the beginning. We have more ideas planned, but we need to start somewhere.
Why is this important?
This year alone, we have seen an unprecedented amount of disasters all over the world, such as deadly heat waves, wildfires, tornadoes, over one billion sea creatures possibly boiling to death in the oceans, melting icecaps causing northern parts of the world to become inhospitable, to countless floods and other major disasters. All of these issues and much more serve as a grim reminder that the Earth is a fragile place that requires immediate action. Climate science has shown us time and time again that our way of living is unsustainable, but those in power refuse to acknowledge these facts for monetary gain. The worst is yet to come, and we will be the ones to inherit a desolate planet if we do not do our part. Not our children, or our children's children, but those of us here now.
We at Green Tomorrow Niagara refuse this fate, and so we are calling on you to stand with us and demand more from your leaders, and prove to all that sustainable is attainable.