Leading the way to a low-carbon future | Finding Solutions | 2012 | Fall | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation
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Your support is helping us forge the path to a low-carbon future for Canada through projects that protect nature and press for progressive policies across the country.

Greenbelts gain ground

This fall, we received widespread attention for measuring the economic value of the hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon absorbed by and stored in the Ontario Greenbelt. By our estimates, it's worth more than $2.4 billion.
Our study, Carbon in the Bank, revealed that the forests and wetlands of the greenbelt keep approximately 172-million tonnes of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions released from Ontario's transportation, industrial, building and electricity sectors combined.

Prepared in partnership with McGill University's Ray Tomalty, the study will go a long way toward strengthening our argument for protecting urban nature. Read more at davidsuzuki.org/carbon-in-the-bank.

Meanwhile in Quebec, we recently teamed up with seven other environmental nonprofits and scientific advisers to launch a coalition called Mouvement ceinture verte (Greenbelt Movement), which will create, protect and restore a greenbelt in the Greater Montreal area. Our Quebec office also recently published a study on the ecological value of this greenbelt, estimating the value of its ecological services—from water filtration to erosion control—at $2.8 billion per year.

Climate leadership in B.C.

In 2008, the B.C. carbon tax made the province a national leader in curbing emissions. Now the policy is up for review, and the Foundation is asking the government to not only recommit, but also to retool the tax into a Better Future Fund.

We've joined forces with the Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada, Pembina Institute and the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association to create the Better Future Fund initiative, which encourages the B.C. government to invest new carbon tax revenues into green solutions like clean energy and transit. This would make a more equitable tax system by forcing industrial polluters like oil and gas companies to pay for emissions that are currently exempt. The Better Future Fund (betterfuturefund.ca) gives British Columbians a chance to tell the government their opinions on where carbon tax revenues could be invested and how to achieve a low-carbon future while improving quality of life in B.C.

By Rachelle Delaney.