Environment first

There may come a time, quite soon if we don’t wake up, when we can no longer breathe the air or drink any water

In our current economic system, we must have money in order to have a roof over our heads, clothes to wear, food to eat, potable water and some surplus money for recreation.  That’s all we understand.

A First Nations elder pointed out,  it’s only when the last tree has been felled and the last fish eaten that we will find out that you cannot eat money.

The world is finite. It has unlimited resources. Things do run out.

In the meantime, entrepreneurs are pressing for developments every where without any environmental or scientific recognition and ignoring any aboriginal concerns.

Recently,  a Supreme Court judge said the Jumbo Glacier Resort may go ahead, denying a First Nations plea to stop the expansion.

Jumbo,  for them is a sacred area. Jumbo is a municipality where no one  lives, where there is no one to pay taxes and it is being pushed ahead for the very rich only.

In the case of the  oil (tar)  sands, it is true that people are able to make lots of money working there, but the land becomes uninhabitable, the tailings ponds toxic, and nothing can be there without protection.

No animals or plants  survive in that environment, and the other problem is oil transportation.

Spills, which could be on land from pipelines or along our coasts from oil tanker traffic, do happen whatever precautions are taken.  Man  makes errors of judgement and things corrode and wear out.

I have seen the devastation of oil spills in West Africa, where locals can no longer grow their cassava or eat the fish they catch.

Oil companies have given money as compensation but  the people are no longer able to live in the mangrove swamps and have nowhere else to go.

The Exon Valdez oil spill has not been completely cleaned up.

We are slowly poisoning the Earth.

There may come a time, quite soon  if we don’t wake up,  when we can no longer breathe the air  or drink any water, if we continue with  our exploitative projects.

 

Pamela Jenkins

Vernon