Rescind the order to cancel the funding for Ontario's 50 Million Trees Program!
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Get to know about the 50 Million Trees program by watching this video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=zFZBaj08kS0
For some FAQ about the 50 Million Trees Program, visit the Forests Ontario website here https://www.forestsontario.ca/blog/2019/05/15/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-50-million-tree-program/
Eliminating the 50 million trees program weakens Ontario’s ability to fight climate change and absorb the impact of extreme weather events. This move is yet another signal that the Ford government is getting out of the business of land stewardship, something past PC governments supported.
The trees planted by this program offset emissions equivalent to taking 1.1 million cars off the road for an entire year, in addition to delivering $82 million annually in environmental benefits from flood prevention to pollination.
These short-sighted cuts also disregard the 310 full time jobs provided by this program.
It is reckless and short-sighted for this government to ignore the free services that nature provides, even as flood waters rage in Bracebridge and threaten parts of Muskoka.
For a government that calls itself fiscally responsible, it sure seems willing to throw out the jobs, work, and savings of good environmental programs.
The program must be re-funded and implemented on a scheduled basis. The order to withdraw funds for the program must be rescinded. We need trees, we need green cover for a sustainable future!
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