You can breathe a little easier. Brampton is jumping on the tree-planting bandwagon, unanimously passing a motion at their regular city council meeting on Feb. 19 to plant 50,000 trees within the next decade.
The announcement follows a recent announcement that the city had declared a “climate emergency”, and passed a motion to develop strategies and initiatives to ensure that the city cut down on carbon emissions and lowered greenhouse gases. “Our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a challenging one, but one we can achieve together with our community partners and initiatives,” Public Works and Engineering chair Paul Vicente said Wednesday during discussions at the council meeting.
The city plans to achieve its goal by planting an additional 7,000 trees annual, in addition to the 43,000 that are already planted annually through the city and associated partners. The initiative, billed under the “One Million Trees Program”, aims to plant more trees near roads, walkways, existing city-owned lands and other public spaces to boost the city’s greencanopy and foster the delivery of ecosystem services. “(The program) is an exciting initiative that through partnerships, will help our dedicated staff to continue to advance Council’s priority of being a green city and create even more tree cover for our residents to enjoy,” chief administrative officer David Barrick said Wednesday.