Mon­treal alone can’t save na­ture

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Pro­jet Mon­tréal can learn from other ci­ties’ green ideas” (Al­li­son Hanes, Nov. 13)

It isn’t only a mat­ter of Mon­treal when it comes to green spa­ces, but of our en­tire is­land and be­yond. What we do here af­fects the rest of the world.

And “green” isn’t only a mat­ter of hu­man­ity, but of the right of trees, birds and wet­lands to ex­ist as part of the liv­ing world.

Hun­dreds of years ago, wasn’t our is­land a par­adise of life? The com­mit­ment of the new Pro­jet Mon­tréal and other is­land govern­ments should be to pre­serve all our re­main­ing bio­di­ver­sity, wet­lands and forests and build only on “brown spa­ces.”

Our threat­ened na­ture ar­eas — be they west Pier­re­fonds or other eco-ter­ri­to­ries — must not be per­mit­ted to fall vic­tim to com­mer­cial in­ter­ests.

Af­ter 375 years, it’s time to call for an end to the de­struc­tion of na­ture.

Shloime Perel, Mon­treal

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