We are pleased to release our contribution to Envision Durham, the 2019 Municipal Comprehensive Review of Durham Region’s Official Plan – specifically, the Review’s “Climate Change and Sustainability Discussion Paper.”
As Land Over Landings’ focus is the protection of the Pickering Federal Lands, our submission reflects that focus, offering our North Pickering Farms vision for the Lands as a potential major contribution to Durham’s climate-change mitigation and sustainability planning. We also call attention to the vast and incomprehensible gulf between the Discussion Paper’s mitigation objectives and the recent pro-airport motions by Durham’s regional and municipal councils. On the one hand, the Region is looking for ways to reduce its GHG emissions; on the other hand, its councils are advocating for an airport that would substantially increase those emissions.
Durham Region must decide whether to promote an airport and thus abandon its climate-change mitigation plans, or reverse its pro-airport stance, encourage more sustainable modes of transportation, and support meaningful, positive, long-term actions that will build resilience and help ease the lives of its residents as the climate crisis deepens. It can’t do both.Durham Region, in the best interests of its residents, should be pressing Ottawa for a decision that will help the Region to mitigate, to the best of its ability, the local effects of the growing climate emergency. Click To Tweet