WE ARE A GROUP OF URBAN PLANNERS WITH A MISSION TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE MISSISSAUGA. TODAY, WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE THE WATER AND ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION, WASTE MANAGEMENT SITUATION IN OUR CITY. WE ALSO HAVE A SMART GROWTH COORDINATOR WHO WILL INFORM YOU ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE EXPANSION OF OUR CITY AND HOW TO AVOID URBAN SPRAWL.
Issues and problems about current transportation in mississauga
The current issues about transportation are Mississauga is too spread out which makes people having to drive more in cars and long distances than walking or cycling or using public transit. Driving causes harmful gases because when people drive, cars release many harmful gases into the air such as Carbon Dioxide also known as CO2 which can lead to greenhouse gases. Since a lot of people is driving, this causes cars to increase in price for the new models, gasoline is expensive because people need gasoline to drive their cars and car insurance having a high cost since they need this in case of car accidents. Also people are taking a lot of space in the city for their cars since people need to find places to park their cars and there are places where you can't park your car, which some people who don't follow the law will get tolled which adds more cost in their lives. With this many cars on the road, there has to be at least a few car accidents on the road in a daily basis mostly with people who drank and drive and they are the cause of the car accidents because they're drunk.
SUSTAINABILITY of the current situation
The current situation is not sustainable because of few reasons. Greenhouse gases get released into the air from people's cars that are releasing the harmful gases that are using gasoline for the car's fuel because the engine uses the gasoline to make the car move, then it turns the gasoline into harmful gases and releases into the air and if this keeps happening then the ozone layer that reduces the Sun's temperature will break because there are too much greenhouse gases in the air. Also there would be a lot more car accidents happening and if it actually happens then people are going to buy new cars, gasoline to refill the fuel for the car, and new insurances which isn't good. Also traffic on the road harms people's lives since the harmful gases are releasing a lot more and a lot faster than they are when the car is driving and when people stop their car on the road, they can breathe in those harmful gases such as carbon monoxide(type of toxic gas) and slowly it would make people go ill because they breathe in too much toxic gas.
Solutions to efficient transportation
There are many solutions that can solve the current issues and the sustainability of the current situation. Firstly, hybrid or electric cars can replace gasoline cars because they do not use gasoline but instead they use electricity so they would not harm the Ozone layer and us humans breathing in the harmful gases that will make us go ill and less people would want to drive these cars than gasoline cars but we have better options later on since it wouldn't feel the same. Secondly, public transits like bus or subway/train would help a lot because if you don't feel like driving or you just drank some alcohol or feeling sick, you can sit in the bus or subway/train and they will take you to wherever you want. In Mississauga we have Miway and GO Transit and public transits uses lesser fuels than normal cars and we can also decrease the price for the bus and subway tickets so more people would use public transit. Thirdly, walking or cycling would be even better than using public transit since you are exercising and you would not have to spend money on public transit and in Mississauga we have bicycle lanes besides car lanes so it would be a lot safer, speaking of cycling, there is a system in Toronto called bike share which if you forgot a bike or don't have one or too tired of walking, you can pay to use the bike to your destination and park the bike at one of those stations which is decent since you don't have to buy a bike which we need to imply here in Mississauga. Lastly is carpooling, carpooling is when you drive in a car with other people that you may or may not know so they don't have to drive in a car as well, this greatly helps since it reduces the amount of cars that will be on the road so there would be no traffic jam which people would spend lesser time on the road and people who sat in the car can pay the driver who is driving the car for the gasoline or later on electricity money for the car.
In conclusion, there are issues and problems that are currently happening in Mississauga and they're not sustainable which we have a lot of solutions to solve the current unsustainable issues happening right now. It only depends on if people would actually want to "use" these solutions to make Mississauga a better place.
Waste Management Expert
What are the issues with waste management in Mississauga?
70% waste produced by Mississauga goes to landfills. Some of the garbage goes to our water systems. The food waste we dump out can attract Pests which can spread diseases. When we illegally dump chemicals and waste, it can contaminate the water or land. This affects our drinking water and the soil we use to grow food on. If we consume the water and food, it can give us a huge negative impact on our health. Everybody wants to live in places that are clean and healthy. If there's garbage everywhere, no one would want to live, visit, or invest there because it's dirty, smelly, and feels unsafe. It's quite expensive for costs such as hiring labor, buying machines and equipment, energy, training, transportation & disposal, site preparation, cleanups, etc. In the process of waste rotting, it can generate methane gas which is explosive and contributes to the greenhouse effect. Wastes resources: When we throw away things we don't need to it wastes resources. Landfills produce 25% of Canada’s carbon emissions. Dangerous items such as broken glass, razor blades, needles and other healthcare wastes pose risks of injury or poisoning, particularly to children and people who are engaged in waste sorting and handling. waste also causes problems, because plastics tend to produce toxic substances, such as dioxins, when they are burnt. Leachate produced as waste decomposes may cause pollution. Waste can travel with rain water to rivers and streams the waste can produce E. coli this can infect the fishes and the plants. This can also spread diseases between people that eat the fishes.
How is this situation Unsustainable
This is unsustainable for the future of Mississauga because poor waste management can cause bad effects on the environment. If most of our garbage goes to the landfills including which most people put hazardous materials such as batteries into the garbage this can damage the land and the surrounding environment. For example, a battery is in the landfill for a long time when the batteries stay in a landfill they can leak out mercury. The mercury will then seep into the ground kill all the insects and the plants. Then it will evaporate when the weather gets warm mercury atoms spread into the atmosphere. Then it falls on the ground with precipitation and contaminates water. Then the bacteria in the water changes mercury into a even toxic chemical called Methylmercury which can kill and spread diseases in fishes and plants. Another reason that this is unsustainable is because the worker that handle materials like garbage or hazardous material in the garbage can get sick or die if the batter is not sealed and the mercury seeps out. This can economically affect us two by no one would want to live, visit, or invest in a place which is dirty and can spread diseases. Poor waste disposal can cause surface water contamination, soil contamination, pollution such as (garbage in fresh drinking water lake or river).
Since most garbage goes to the landfills these are some ways that you can reduce the landfill waste. Firstly, you should donate Clothes that are in a usable condition that you don’t wear or are small. Each year large percentage of food is thrown out uneaten. Instead of throwing out food you should donate the food. This can help feed many people who don’t have food. Eat more locally grown food because as a large of amount of food is being shipped from another country most of the food rots on its way which is thrown out making the leftovers more expensive. Some food looks good but it is close to rotting, when people buy these kinds of foods and don’t cook it for one or two days it rots causing the people to throw the food out. Therefore, you should eat locally grown food which is fresh and cheap. Eat things with less packing. Most things that can be bought with less or no packing are fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are healthy, mostly inexpensive avoiding packaging costs and help save the environment by using less or no plastic for the packaging. Another way to reduce garbage is by reusing things such as plastic bags and reusable water bottles. This helps decreasing the plastic waste and the plastic production which also produces a lot of waste. Don’t buy more than what you need this helps save money. Recycling is very important it helps reuse items and save the environment.