For Immediate Release
April 22nd, 2016
Mayor Crombie’s Statement Marking Earth Day 2016
“Earth Day is a reminder that we are all stewards of the environment. As residents, we can make small but important changes at home – from reducing waste, to planting a garden and being aware of everything that goes into our curbside storm drain.
“At the City of Mississauga, we are committed to safeguarding our environment for families and future generations to enjoy. We have committed to planting one million trees by 2032. This initiative was launched to help conserve and enhance our community’s open spaces and forested areas for all residents to enjoy. Trees are important to the environment, health and quality of life of Mississaugans.
“Our One Million Trees program has now planted more than 202,000 trees and shrubs. The tremendous success of our tree planting program shows that our residents and community partners are committed to preserving, protecting and improving our urban forest.
“There continues to be a growing recognition that environmental sustainability, quality of life and economic prosperity are related features of the most successful communities. In 2012, Council moved forward with the Living Green Master Plan – Mississauga’s first environmental master plan.
“With the ongoing environmental policy developments emerging from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – COP21, along with new efforts by Premier Wynne’s government to set up a cap-and-trade system, climate change will continue to be a significant priority for all levels of government over the coming years.
“In January, Council directed the Environmental Division of Community Services to draft a report that outlines the following:
- A review of existing measures the City has taken to address climate change;
- Information about climate change agreements signed by the provincial and federal governments, and the implications these agreements could have on municipalities, like Mississauga; and
- Recommendations on next steps, including the development of a comprehensive climate change plan for Mississauga.
“We must do everything we can to continue building a healthy, green and sustainable Mississauga. Together, we can make a lasting and positive difference toward improving our local environment.”