Ontarians join the rising chorus of support for the Greenbelt with new holiday song “12 Acts of Destruction”

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – Following the recent passage of Bill 23 and Premier Ford’s proposal to remove 7,400 acres from the Greenbelt, remove wetland protections and force sprawl onto farmland, Environmental Defence has created a new holiday song, “12 Acts of Destruction,” that musically describes 12 ways that the attacks on the Greenbelt and Ontario’s environment will harm the people and wildlife that call this province home.

An in-person singalong of “12 Acts Of Destruction” featuring musicians and activists will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at 5pm on the steps of Old City Hall in Toronto.

The new song, which is a play on the classic “12 days of Christmas,” showcases the devastating impacts of Premier Ford’s attack on Ontario’s environment including: wetlands drained, forests chopped, species fleeing, farms a-missing and suburbs sprawling. Access lyrics, videos, recordings and song sheet here: https://environmentaldefence.ca/handsoffthegreenbelt/12-acts-of-destruction/

“Premier Ford’s tale of lies and greed will see precious farmland, forests and wetlands taken out of the protected Greenbelt. This will not solve the housing affordability crisis, but will make a few land speculators and developers very wealthy,” said Tim Gray, Environmental Defence. “We created this song as a way to highlight the devastating impacts of Premier Ford’s plans, in a way that sticks in people’s minds. We encourage all Ontarians to sing and share their version of the song on social media using #HandsOffTheGreenbelt.”

WHAT: “12 Acts of Environmental Destruction” in-person singalong

WHEN: Wednesday, December 21 at 5pm

WHERE: On the steps of Old City Hall, Queen and Bay Street in Toronto

WHO: Amateur and professional musicians, activists and local groups, and spokespeople from Environmental Defence

Visit the “12 Acts of Destruction” webpage to access videos, song sheets, social media graphics and song recordings here: https://environmentaldefence.ca/handsoffthegreenbelt/12-acts-of-destruction/

For more information about other “Hands Off The Greenbelt” and “Repeal Bill 23” events taking place in Ontario can be found here: www.handsoffthegreenbelt.ca

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Alex Ross, Environmental Defence, media@environmentaldefence.ca