For Immediate Release
January 14th, 2016
Crombie Calls for Further Local Action on Climate Change
Mississauga – We need to build on the work of the Living Green Master Plan (LGMP) and take further local action to combat the ongoing problems of climate change, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said yesterday during a meeting of Council’s General Committee.
In 2012, Council moved forward with the LGMP – Mississauga’s first environmental master plan, Crombie said, adding that “there is growing recognition that environmental sustainability, quality of life and economic prosperity are related features of the most successful communities.”
“With the ongoing environmental policy developments emerging from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – COP21, along with new efforts by the Wynne 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.”
Mayor Crombie specifically asked staff in 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.
Mayor Crombie also highlighted the City’s commitment to plant one million trees by 2032. This initiative was launched to help conserve and enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for all residents to enjoy. The One Million Trees program has now planted more than 182,000 trees and shrubs.
“Mississauga is blessed to be home to beautiful and protected green spaces like Jack Darling Park on Lake Ontario, Wildwood Park in Malton, and Credit Meadows Park in our Heartland neighbourhood. We have over twenty kilometers of waterfront that runs along Lake Ontario.”
Mayor Crombie concluded “We must do everything we can to continue building a healthy, green and sustainable Mississauga.”