Urban sprawl is gobbling up green space in southern
Ontario at an unprecedented rate.
At the current rate, an additional 260,000 acres (1,070
km2) of rural land will be urbanized by 2021, almost
double the size of the City of Toronto. About 92%
of the land is Ontario's best farmland.
Sprawling patterns of growth unnecessarily destroy
green space and farmland, pollute rivers, streams
and other waterways and force us to be overly dependent
on vehicles, which in turn fuel air pollution and
global climate change.
The Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario is growing by
more than 115,000 people per year. In 15 years, it
will be the third largest urban region in North America
behind only New York and Los Angeles
The Greater Toronto Area has approved or developed
128,000 acres since 1989, a rate of 9,100 acres per
year. In comparison, the City of Portland, Oregon,
set an urban growth boundary in 1980 and has consumed
land at a rate of only 1,700 acres per year
Passenger cars and trucks account for nearly half
of personal greenhouse gas emissions which lead to
global climate change, and vehicles in Ontario contribute
about 40% of the pollutants that cause smog
The Ontario Medical Association estimates 1,900 people
die prematurely every year in Ontario because of air
A groundbreaking U.S. study has found a clear link
between obesity, chronic disease, and sprawl. People
who live in spread-out, car-dependent neighbourhoods
are likely to walk less, weigh more, and suffer from
high blood pressure, compared to people who live in
less sprawling areas
The Toronto Board of Trade estimates gridlock costs
the Greater Toronto Area $2 billion each year in truck
and delivery vehicle delays
By 2031, the hours of delay experienced by auto drivers
on a typical weekday surrounding the Greater Toronto
Area are projected to rise by 300%
Toronto Region Conservation Authority has identified
habitat loss as the leading reason for the rapid decline
of species diversity in southern Ontario. Of the 180
animal species found in the Greater Toronto Area,
110 are at risk and listed as Species of Concern
of Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
Filmmaker Greg Greene, a good friend of Earthroots,
recently released "The End of Suburbia,"
a feature-length documentary about "oil depletion
and the collapse of the American dream."
Click the poster to the left to visit the film's
official site. Keep an eye out for local showings,
or buy a DVD copy off the web!