Growing city may amplify threat to local environment, experts say

On February 15, 2022, Rebecca de Pencier of Capital Current wrote an article about the impacts on the environment of Ottawa's growing population.

Josh Snider, Ecology Ottawa's Executive Director, was significantly quoted in this article. Read on for some of what he said.


“If we reduce our individual impact, even through collective policies, but the population continues to grow and we don’t account for that, we’re not actually going to achieve the overall environmental targets that we need to set as a community,” says Snider.

One of the priorities of the new Official Plan is the creation of 15-minute neighbourhoods where services, amenities and businesses are within easy walking distance. Ecology Ottawa supports this initiative and hopes the city can follow through on the outlined climate targets.

“On one hand, it’s exciting to see the Official Plan taking climate environmental issues more seriously,” says Snider. “But on the other hand, we’re not necessarily seeing a commensurate level of commitment in terms of dollars.”

Though the Official Plan will guide development for the next 50 years, these climate goals can’t be completed fast enough.

“A number of folks in the community feel that delaying is the new denial of climate,” says Snider. “The city is moving in the right direction, but not nearly fast enough.”

Find the whole article here.

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