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What is Ontario’s Greenbelt?
The Greenbelt is an area of land that is made up of environmentally sensitive habitats and important farmlands that help mitigate the effects of climate change. It provides vital clean water and locally grown food to North America’s fastest-growing areas within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Greenbelt Plan provides strong legal protection for the area.
What is the Greenbelt Plan?
The Greenbelt Plan was put in place in 2005 to protect the environment and local agriculture from future urban development. The Greenbelt Plan is reviewed every 10 years by the Ontario Government and it’s first review was in 2015/2016.
What does a Greenbelt Youth Ambassador do?
Greenbelt Youth Ambassador explore and get to know Ontario’s Greenbelt: the green spaces, farmland, forests, wetlands, and watersheds that surround the Greater Toronto Area. They learn about the role the Greenbelt plays in protecting our air and water, and in providing healthy local food and places to connect with nature. And learn about the role the government policies and plans play in the long term use and protection of the Greenbelt for future generations.
EcoSpark helps Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors explore the Greenbelt through a series of bus tours, webinars and conferences. Youth Ambassadors are introduced to people living and working on the Greenbelt; local experts explain the many roles the Greenbelt plays in protecting the environment and supporting Ontario’s economy. Youth Ambassadors attend summer conferences where they learn the skills to effectively communicate their newly gained knowledge to help to broaden environmental support with community members and local officials.
Greenbelt Youth Ambassador commitment to volunteer for several hours a month for 1 to 2 years, volunteer work that can be applied toward their education volunteer requirements. They develop new networks of like minded colleagues across the Greater Toronto Area. And, they make new friends that share concerns and passion for protecting the environment and ensuring there is a sustainable future themselves and everyone else.
Youth Ambassadors will be taken on guided tours to experience what the Greenbelt has to offer. Participants will see natural heritage features and local communities. They will learn about threats to the Greenbelt and the impacts policy and planning can have on local communities. After the tours, participants are encouraged to gain extra volunteer hours through additional outreach activities sharing their knowledge within their own communities.
Tour day(s) usually include a number of Greenbelt stops including natural heritage features, gravel pits, organic farms, and an urban development area. Pick-up and drop-off location are later announced to successful applicants.
Students are responsible for:
Why you should apply!
Contact: Questions can be directed to EcoSpark: [email protected] or 647-258-3280 x 2003
The Greenbelt Youth Ambassador program is generously supported by the