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1. FOOD SECURITY

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

With the growing population around Ontario, there has been a steady increase in  food insecurity. The experience of food insecurity is closely tied to income levels and we know that hunger does not discriminate.

With food insecurity growing across GTA, the onus to act is on those who are in position to come up with initiatives like this one to work stakeholders to support the local food banks.

Household food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. It is a serious problem in Canada that negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our healthcare system considerably.

According to University of Toronto, Food Insecurity Policy Research, 1 in 8 households in Canada is food insecure, amounting to over 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, living in homes that struggle to put food on the table.

Interventions

  • Food Banks Fundraising
  • Sustainable Agriculture 

 

2. ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION

Environment Conservation is the protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them. 

Conservation is generally considered to include the management of human use of natural resources for current public benefit and sustainable social and economic utilization.

Sustainable ecosystem management approach is vital to ensure the delivery of essential ‘life support’ ecosystem services and must be mainstreamed into societal conscience, political thinking and economic processes. 

Feeding the world at a time of climate change, environmental degradation, increasing human population and demand for finite resources requires sustainable ecosystem management and equitable governance. 

Ecosystem degradation undermines food production and the availability of clean water, hence threatening human health, livelihoods and ultimately societal stability. 

Degradation also increases the vulnerability of populations to the consequences of natural disasters and climate change impacts. 

With millions of people dying from hunger each year, the linkages between ecosystems and food security are important to recognize. 

Interventions

  • Ecological Restoration Projects - Trees / Shrubs planting
  • Environment Cleanup Projects
  • Ban Single-Plastic Advocacy
  • Community Outreach Initiatives
  • Strategic partnerships

 

3. CLIMATE ACTION

Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time.

It is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and tropical cyclones, aggravating water management problems, reducing agricultural production and food security, increasing health risks, damaging critical infrastructure and interrupting the provision of basic services such water and sanitation, education, energy and transport.

There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change.

Interventions

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives
  • Community Outreach - Improve education and awareness-raising

 

ONTARIO CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks