A group of students in a SUSTAIN course at McMaster University have partnered with Stop Sprawl HamOnt to get more youth involved in the Stop Sprawl movement. They want youth to know that 5400 acres of valuable natural lands such as farmlands and biodiverse regions and 1900 acres of land already protected in the Greenbelt are at risk of becoming suburban developments, driven by the Provincial Government. Advocates maintain that besides destroying valuable and limited farmlands for food production and environmental land where many plants and animals call home, it will cost taxpayers more money to expand the urban boundary and will actually make the housing crisis worse!
The group of students would like YOU to sign this petition to help show support for this cause – it is directed at youth ages 18-25, but the organizers would love the support of youth younger than that as well. Even if you aren’t old enough to vote yet, you can influence policy and positively impact the decisions made in your community by signing petitions or contacting your elected representatives to display your concern. Check out this link for more info about the McMaster students’ project and the Stop Sprawl HamOnt movement. Get involved to protect our natural environment today!
Spongy moths are an invasive species that wreak havoc on our tree canopy each year, so we are excited that we are able to bring together our community to help keep them under control through collecting their egg sacs. This project is now ACTIVE as winter is the perfect time to strike. Whether you are a family, community or school group we have the resources you need to care for our urban canopy and remove the egg sacs before they have a chance to hatch.
Request your free removal kit here.
If you remove any sacs, please fill out this form, and we will add it to our total.
Current locations the City of Hamilton has confirmed have spongy moth populations present in 2023 include the Dundas Driving Park, Red Hill Creek Valley Park, Albion Falls, Churchill Park Gardens, Woodland Cemetery, Bayfront Park, and more. Please email us at email@example.com for more locations.
Join us on March 17, 2023 at Dundas Driving Park for a community egg sac removal! Register here.
You may have seen us refer to these insects as LDD moths in the past, this is an abbreviation for the insects’ scientific name, Lymantria dispar dispar, and this was the only name used to refer to them for the period of time between June 2021 and March 2022. The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the group in charge of determining common names for insects, decided to remove the previous common name in June of 2021 as part of their Better Names Project because it included a derogatory term for the Romani people. The new name “Spongy Moth” was officially announced on March 2nd, read all about the decision here.
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Green Venture is launching a new program to help keep our waterways clean and protect our communities from floods. Learn how more about catch basins and how to get your certificate today! Stay tuned for litter kits and community clean ups with Green Venture!
Catch Basin Cleaning Guidelines: Steps to keep you safe and our catch basins clean!
Catch Basin Ambassadors Certification Program: This is a 45min-1hr course that provides all the information needed to clean catch basins as well as information about Hamiltons sewer systems and nonpoint source pollution.
Pledge Form: This form can be filled out as a pledge for how many catch basins you will clean. It can be filled out after the completion of the certification course or just after reading about how to clean catch basins on our website!
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Completing a clean up at your school or in your community is a really impactful way to help our local environment and keep wildlife safe. By cleaning up your neighbourhood and using our free resources to track what types of waste you find you will help us determine what kinds of waste are making their way into various environments throughout Hamilton.
Doing a personal waste audit at home or in the classroom will help you to determine the things you throw away most often and how much of it there really is. This is a great step to complete when you are trying to reduce your waste – reducing waste is far easier when you get to know what’s in your bin!
By completing on or both of these projects you will have the opportunity to help keep our communities clean and move forward on your journey to reducing waste. We will compile all of the data submitted to us by the amazing groups and individuals participating in this project, and use it to inform future waste campaigns!
Sign up to participate and receive our free resources here
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