Photo © Courtesy of Ontario Land Trust Alliance
Have you ever wondered if your actions really make a difference to climate change?
Economic prosperity and human health depend on natural habitats storing carbon and providing clean air, water, and food. And yet, it is easy to feel like no progress is being made. The fact is, a lot of great action is being taken to protect the land you love!
Today, we celebrate the quiet heroes across Ontario who are protecting the land we all depend on.
Suppose you want to build resilience to extreme events—flooding, storm damage, even pandemics, the solution is the same; protect and restore nature.
“We know that nature conservation and restoration could contribute over one-third of cost-effective climate mitigation needed by 2030. Through protecting nature, planting trees, and restoring habitats like wetlands, nature provides cost-effective ways of capturing and storing carbon, reducing carbon emissions, and helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. “These are called Nature-based Climate Solutions,” says Alison Howson, Executive Director of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA).
Every year, thousands of volunteers across Ontario protect and take care of over 45,000 hectares of land through 36 local community land trust charities. OLTA connects these Land Trust Heroes, provides resources, shares best practices, and helps overcome financial barriers. Together, this community is leading and supporting on-the-ground conservation work. OLTA also partners with provincial and federal governments to support the protection of nature.
The good news is there are a host of heroes already doing this work for you.
When you join us and support this work, you directly contribute to protecting and restoring more land, water, and air for yourself, future generations, and all the species we share the land with.
By protecting land, you can provide essential and relatively cheap solutions to climate change. Restoring and protecting forests, wetlands, grasslands, and farmland is a nature-based climate solution. Nature absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores carbon in plants and soil. Nature also shields against storm surges, absorbs the worst effects of flooding, and protects biodiversity. Nature does the heavy lifting for us! All we have to do is protect it.
You can be a land trust hero.
You are part of nature. Plant a tree, go for a walk, volunteer with a land trust, share nature’s benefits with others. Our lives literally depend on it!
Together, let’s celebrate our Land Trust Heroes and support the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.
Donate today at OLTA.ca or your local land trust
OLTA promotes excellence in land conservation throughout its land trust member network by providing professional support and assistance, securing funding, promoting organizational excellence and representing the collective voice of the land trusts.