Last year, council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency in the city of Brampton, which is why they are taking big steps towards tackling climate change.
One of these measures includes council endorsing the planting of 50,000 new trees every year across the city, as part of the One Million Trees Program.
Council is also aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated in the city by 80 per cent by 2050.
Over the last five years, Brampton and its partners, which include conservation authorities, the Region of Peel, school boards and the development industry, have planted an average of 43,000 trees each year in the city.
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Annually, there has been an increase of at least 7,000 trees planted, making the city one step closer to fulfilling the Brampton 2040 Vision and reaching a target of one million trees by 2040.
Not only do trees make outdoor spaces more visually appealing, they also play an vital role in adapting to climate change and supporting public health.
“Our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050 is a challenging one, but one we can achieve together with our community partners and initiatives such as the One Million Trees Program,” said Regional Councillor, Paul Vicente.
The One Million Trees Program will plant more trees that will be seen along roads, in public parks and other city-owned lands.
“This is yet another exciting step towards making Brampton a Green City and the City doing its part to address the challenge of climate change,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.
Currently, the city of Brampton has approximately 3.6 million trees, which counts for 18 per cent of total land cover.
In order to achieve one million trees by 2040, an additional 7,000 trees will need to be planted each year.
Brampton is committed to sustainability and efforts contributing to building a green city, which is a Term of Council priority.