Preser­va­tion para­mount as pop­u­la­tion swells

The Compass - - OPINION - COPY

Dear Premier Danny Wil­liams,

It’s great to hear that the gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador has es­tab­lished a new so­cial stud­ies course out­lin­ing sus­tain­abil­ity as one of the ma­jor themes of the cur­ricu­lum. We re­ally have to teach our youth that a lit­tle act of green does go a long way and sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment is our prov­ince’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The preser­va­tion of New­found­land’s Wood­land Cari­bou and its many re­mote wilder­ness ar­eas is para­mount, as hu­man pop­u­la­tions swell. This gives young and old folk alike the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence wilder­ness as it should be — as a life sup- port sys­tem that even the com­mon slug can sur­vive in.

In­dis­crim­i­na­tive dump­ing, re­mote cabin de­vel­op­ment and the many other un­sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment schemes that have butchered our fine prov­ince since colo­nial­ism may still haunt us if we are not vig­i­lant.

The United Na­tions has pro­jected a hu­man pop­u­la­tion of 9 bil­lion by 2050. We need more places like Cliffty Pond, not less.

Pre­serv­ing New­found­land’s bio­di­ver­sity is what’s crit­i­cal here and in the long run fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will reap the ben­e­fits. As a colony and now a feeder prov­ince to many parts of Canada and the world we have seen our share of un­sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment. Many of our raw nat­u­ral re­sources have been ex­ported leav­ing our land and econ­omy in sham­bles. That’s why our dear prov­ince is no stranger to re­ces­sion, we have been in one for 500 plus years.

The big ques­tion I have for all our po­lit­i­cal leaders in Canada, United States is this: With 300 mil­lion plus North Amer­i­cans eat­ing up en­ergy, pro­duc­ing waste on a daily ba­sis, how can we keep every­one go­ing at a sus­tain­able level without de­stroy­ing the few brooks, wildlife and bogs we have left? Or have we be­come too high main­te­nance?

Sus­tain­abil­ity means life sup­port sys­tems, like it or not. It’s just a mat­ter of when.

Also to Premier Wil­liams, who took on the daunt­ing task of lead­ing our prov­ince out of 500 plus years of re­ces­sion and un­sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment: You will go down in his­tory, as a man with guts.

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