Boddy: Why Carlington Park (like other Ottawa public spaces) is under threat

By Sharon Boddy, Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 2019

While the world grapples with a tragedy of the commons writ large – in the form of climate change – you don’t need to look far to see other, smaller tragedies unfolding.

Public parks are a shared resource; we all pay for them and we all benefit. Parks with urban forests are particularly important because they provide stormwater, erosion, pollution and temperature control, promote biodiversity, and give us places to chill out.

Parks are insurance policies against some climate change impacts. Whether or not we “see” these services in action, they work for all of us and at far less cost than engineered solutions.

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