Greenbelts 39.2

Published: March 2013

Greenbelts tells the stories of greenbelts around the world and the environmental, health and economic benefits they provide to their communities – and the planet. As applicable to combatting desertification in the Sahara as they are to shielding the coastal ecosystems of Vancouver Island, greenbelts have clearly become a land management tool that allows us to thrive.

 Jump to selected articles & web extras from this issue

Listen up: The first podcast for this issue features Liana Geidezis, regional coordinator of Green Belt Central Europe, and Ray Tomalty on the push for a Montréal greenbelt. A second podcast offers up more about NFB documentarian Katerina Cizek's Highrise project and Earth Day Canada's Act for the Planet campaign for Earth Month in April.

Plus, don't miss Allan Lissner's exclusive photo essay, The Breathing Lands, which profiles the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation's struggle to protect Northwestern Ontario’s boreal forest, the planet’s largest carbon storage system. For a history of greenbelts around the world, check out our 14 Centuries of Greenbelts timeline.

From the Vault: "You can't go for a walk in the woods if there aren't any woods." Read Margaret Atwood's arguments for greenbelts.

Here's what else you get when you buy the issue:

Letters to the Editor

In Brief: Shell Shock, Coal's Burning Question, China on Frack

Elevating Highrises
A Q&A about NFB documentarian Katerina Cizek's current project.
+ Interview: A people's history of the highrise and the environmental footprint of vertical living.

Greenbelts For All Reasons – Anezka Gocova & Semini Pathberiya 
A global roll call of 10 exemplary greenbelt shapes and issues.

Bigger Better Belts
9 experts reflect on what's right, wrong and most important for making greenbelts thrive.
+ 4 Ways Greenbelts Can Improve Cities
+ Web Exclusive: The Plunder of Brant County's Foodland

One Cubic Foot – Semini Pathberiya
Naturalist photographer David Littschwager reframes local biodiversity.

Hope Grows on TreesKyrke Gaudreau
Wanjira Maathai builds on her famous mother's efforts to empower Africans with the Green Belt Movement.

Some Keep it Cool – Katherine J. Barrett
Nova Scotia's root cellar revival. 
+ Some Like It Hot 

When Oil Speaks – Andrew Nikiforuk
Maverick economist James Hamilton traces the patterns

AdvertisingRobert Gibson
Marketing gorus know their target audiences are not natural consumers.

In Review:
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone – Reviewed by Kelley Tish Baker
The Wilderness Within: Remembering David Brower by Kenneth Brower – Reviewed by Jeff Gailus
Arianne Pollet-Brannen: Travesty and Redemption, Cape Breton University Art Gallery – Reviewed by Grace Johnstone
Lost Rivers by Caroline Bâcle, director – Reviewed by Eric Rumble

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; ECO Canada; EJLB Foundation; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Work Study Plan; the Sustainability Network and the University of Waterloo Work Placement Program. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund for our publishing activities. The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Students Endowment Foundation is appreciated.


Here's what's online:

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The repair and recovery of New York City's subway system is ongoing after the damages left behind by last fall's Hurricane Sandy.
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A 12,500-km pan-European pathway cuts deeply into military history, embattled biodiversity and the push for rejuvenation along the Iron Curtain.
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The plan to create a greenbelt around Montreal is backed by a sharp brain trust, ecological incentive and $90-million.