From the health of the Thames, to our energy consumption and forest cover, our local environment needs our help and attention.
We believe in a future where London's environment is held sacred.
Climate change impacts our environment in many ways and affects life on land as well as below water.
Extreme weather events, declining forest cover, and poor air and water quality are just a few ways we are impacted by climate change. We must engage in sustainable production and consumption, including waste and energy, in order to protect the sacred land on which we live.
While the City of London does not have a formal composting program, in 2015, 51% of households were voluntarily composting kitchen waste in their own yard, which is a growth of 18% since 2011.** The national average for household composting in 2015 was 52%, and the provincial average was 63%.***
In the last 10 years, over 800 hectares of forest was lost with just 324 hectares planted. To be truly healthy, our region should be at least 30% forest or natural coverage, but the Forks of the Thames has only an 8% forest cover.*
Our watersheds do not meet the Provincial water quality objectives for phosphorus (contributes to algae blooms we see in streams and lakes) or E.Coli (fecal bacteria). They all received a grade of C or D.*
*** Statistics Canada
We believe in a future where a healthy and resilient natural environment provides clean air and water, feeds us, regulates the climate, supports biodiversity, and meets our diverse spiritual and cultural needs. A place where unique recreational opportunities are abundant and livelihoods are supported and enriched.
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