As lengthening days will soon be upon us, how can we approach 2019 with the required resolve to overcome the hurdles of 2018?
· A year when people at the lowest income level were given a glimmer of hope, then that hope snatched away to give a corporation a tax break they don't need, who in turn plan to close down operations because they have not had the foresight to adapt to changing needs.
· A year when Ontario's leadership has cut oversight offices for the environment, youth advocacy, francophone services and more.
· A year when preserving the environmental, social and economic viability of the Greenbelt is now considered so much red tape to be dispensed with on the whim of shortsighted municipal politicians.
· A year when most countries, including Canada, lag behind in meeting their
It will come down to
enlightened political leadership
, NGOs and individuals to redress our dire situation. At a tourism on the Greenbelt meeting I asked Tony Clement (then Environment Minister in the Harris government) what about Foodland Ontario? He said 'there ain't gonna be a Foodland Ontario'. Then two people who lived in an apartment in BC published
The 100 mile diet
book - a major game changer that resulted in the
revolution. If two individuals can accomplish such a transformation, what can the rest of us do?
Let's look forward with optimism to a greener planet in 2019, as we all strive to reduce our carbon footprint.
Gloria Marsh, Executive Director