The Natural Environment in Toronto: An exploration of citizen advocacy and partnerships with the City of Toronto
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON
The urban natural environment is an invaluable part of the healthy functioning of the City of Toronto and its inhabitants. Green spaces improve the environment, physical health of citizens, and economy of neighbourhoods. However, with a rising population, demand for mixed-use spaces, and increasingly erratic weather, there is more pressure to maintain, protect, and expand natural areas. Citizen advocacy has proven to be an effective method for enacting change, socially, politically, and environmentally.
This talk will explore the current state of the natural environment, the challenges we face, and the opportunities available for improving this asset. It will also explore examples of effective and successful citizen advocacy throughout Toronto’s history, with a focus on the past 20 years. If you’ve ever asked yourself “what more can I do to conserve nature in Toronto?” this talk will give you plenty of ideas!
Speakers: Jessica Iraci, M.Sc., Urban Forestry, City of Toronto; Steven Parkes, M.F.C, Urban Forestry, City of Toronto
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