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Celebrate Giving Tuesday 2018 in Oakville with #GivingTreesDay

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Happy November! 

Giving Tuesday is here! On this day millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. 

At Oakvillegreen, we want to celebrate #GivingTuesday by turning it into #GivingTreesDay! Here are some ways you can give to the trees, and help us grow a greener Oakville. 

  • Become a member or donate to Oakvillegreen to support our education programs, tree planting and stewardship activities – this year your donations allowed us to engage over 6000 students in environmental education and stewardship, plant 2000 native trees, add another pollinator garden, and remove invasive species from our local woodlots
  • Plant a tree in your backyard – sign up for the Oakville subsidized backyard tree planting program to receive an arborist consultation, a native tree, delivery and planting service for a subsidized price and give future generations the gift of a beautiful, health urban forest
  • Teach kids about the value of nature – sign your teen up for our Youth Stewards program or tell your child’s teacher about our education programs for school and groups and give our future leaders the gift of environmental literacy and awareness
  • Plan a rain garden! We can help! – you’ll be helping to keep our creeks clean, prevent flooding, and create beautiful habitat for butterflies and birds
  • Volunteer at Oakvillegreen events – sign up for our e-newsletter to learn about our volunteer opportunities and give your time at one of our tree planting, invasive species removal, or pollinator events

If you want more ideas about how to give on #GivingTuesday, check out #OakvilleGives: https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/oakville-gives

We hope that you will consider giving what you can, and that you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Thank you,

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association

We need a strong, independent Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

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Ontario is about to lose the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, as part of cuts announced by the Ford government on November 15, 2018. The details were laid out in Bill 57which includes proposed amendments to the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights.

For the past 25 years, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario  has operated as an independent officer, appointed by the Ontario Legislature, not the party in power. It has served the Legislature and the public with careful research, clear explanations and early warnings on issues ranging from air quality through pollinators to wetlands. Some highlights of the ECO’s work are:

– providing an independent, expert voice speaking up for nature and the environment at Queen’s Park

– publication of annual updates on environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency

– being a guardion over the public’s right to comment on environmental concerns

More information on the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario here: https://eco.on.ca/

Please consider sending a letter to Premier Doug Ford and your local MPP encouraging them to restore the role of the ECO in its entirety. 

Petitions are available via the organizations and links here:

Green Prosperity Ontario   OR    Ontario Nature

 

Mulchest Fosters Environmental Stewardship!

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We love fall for many reasons – it is the season when we get to plant new trees but also care for existing trees and tuck in our gardens before winter! Our 6th MulchFest was held during the week of October 22nd and we would like to thank all participating schools and also the Town of Oakville for supplying the mulch!

As schools are a major property owner within every city and an important stakeholder of our urban forest, we find it wonderful to have the opportunity and engage so many students in this stewardship act that has a big impact on Oakville schoolyard trees.

We worked with 8 schools this fall and had over 600 students helping and spreading mulch around school trees and gardens.

Thank you St. Andrew Catholic School, Montclair PS, EJ James PS, St. John Paul II Catholic School, WH Morden PS, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Forest Trail PS, and Gladys Speers PS, you are MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Ultimately, we hope that getting children outside to care for school yard trees and pollinator gardens fosters long-term environmental stewardship and helps students make responsible decisions about conservation and use of our natural resources.

Besides the numerous benefits for trees and plants from proper mulching, let’s not forget that spending time around trees and in nature also makes us happier, healthier and even improves our students’ academic performance!

So don’t forget to sign up your school next time!

Stay tuned for Spring 2019 Mulchfest!