Thursday, 13 June 2013

Majority of Canadians believe parks and green spaces are vital to their families

(NC)—Whether it is a place to meet, connect with the community or just somewhere to spend time with family and friends, Canadians truly see the significance of green spaces. A recent survey conducted by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) revealed that 87% of Canadians believe a reduction of green spaces would be a detriment to their children and community. And, while Canadians and their families express a fondness for green spaces in their community, 68% of Canadians fear these spaces may be lost.
“It's evident that a loss of green space will impact our current and future generations and at TD FEF we continue to support thousands of grassroots environmental projects to help Canadians have a greener community. And the great news is that the majority of Canadians (73%) believe they have the ability to contribute to a greener community,” says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD FEF. “There are many ways that Canadians can get involved in greening their communities including volunteering with local environmental groups, becoming a neighbourhood gardener or even organizing a group for a summer cleanup to help tidy up local parks, creeks and other areas.”
Over 80% of Canadians also stated that they want to see more funding go towards maintaining natural spaces – and through TD FEF, Canadians can help support local environmental projects in their community, including environmental education or urban greening projects. “TD FEF has been funding environmental initiatives across Canada for over 20 years, and all donations made to TD FEF stay in the local community where donations are received, however, Canadians can also make a difference by simply planting native shrubs, plants or trees in their own backyard.” For more information about TD FEF and to see if a local greening project in your community might qualify for funding, visit

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