Media Release: The Town of Lincoln's inaugural Tree Giveaway and Rain Barrel Sale a great success

Media Release: The Town of Lincoln's inaugural Tree Giveaway and Rain Barrel Sale a great success

 

Lincoln, ON – (May 27, 2022) – The Town successfully hosted their first Tree Giveaway and Subsidized Rain Barrel Sale in May 2022. The Town gave away 500 free native trees and 187 subsidized rain barrels at the drive-through event.
 
The event was held in partnership with Brock University, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and Tree-O-Code Canada, which allowed residents to receive packaged wildflower seeds, educational resources, and native trees.
 
In May 2021, the Town of Lincoln Council passed a motion to declare a climate crisis in Lincoln immediately. Town Council recognizes the urgent need to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change and to deepen the Town's commitment to protecting its economy, ecosystems, and community from climate change. This initiative is one of many opportunities for the collective community to create a sustainable Lincoln.
 
"One of the four pillars of our Council Priorities is to be a resilient community, and as part of that pillar, we have set out the goal to adapt and respond to a changing climate," said Mayor Sandra Easton. "We have a responsibility to anticipate and prepare for potential impacts of climate change on our community and are committed to taking a leadership role in facing this uncertainty."
 
"The leadership and collaboration on this initiative created the successful outcome in the Town's recent initiative," said Michael Kirkopoulos, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Lincoln. "The community desire is to play a collective role in creating long-term sustainability in our community, and that comes from staff and residents linking arms with our community partners."
 
"A sincere thanks to our community partners, who truly made this a successful event for the Town," added Shannon Fernandes, Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Lincoln. "It is said that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is now – it is never too late to make an impact, and the residents of the Town of Lincoln planted 500 with this single initiative."
 
Climate change is already impacting global economies, communities, and built and natural environments. It remains the most significant global threat to current and future generations' quality of life and security. Bold and collective action at international, national, and community levels is required to effect change, build resilience, mitigate future threats, and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.
 
This Town initiative will result in 1.5 million litres of water diverted from the sanitary sewer system each year. Once the trees are fully grown, the emissions are equivalent to taking 30 passenger vehicles off the roads each year. This is an investment in community well-being through stormwater management and water conservation which assists in the progression of Lincoln becoming a resilient community. This is achieved by focusing on the collective dedication to protecting water and the environment. Our community has embarked on a journey to understand water truly, how it travels, and how we will maintain it to improve our environmental responsibility.
 
Thanks to the community's interest in the recent event, the Town confirmed an additional event will be hosted in Fall 2022. Residents can register for updates on the Speak Up Lincoln page to be notified when further details are released. 
 
To learn more about sustainability initiatives for the Town of Lincoln, please visit the Climate Adaptation Plan on Speak Up Lincoln.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

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