Letter: Dismissal of Brookswood tree bylaw shows lack of understanding of environment’s importance

Dear Editor,

What we see at our local political level in Langley appears to be a microcosm of the political attitude towards the environment right across all levels of governance in Canada, from Stephen Harper to Christy Clark and our local MLAs, down to Mayor Jack Froese and his sympathetic councillors.

On all levels, there is a blatant disregard for staggering evidence concerning global warming, and the need to recognize that it is nature that not only sustains us on a personal level, but is vital to the continuation of  life itself.

Sound scientific evidence is seen as a roadblock to profits for shareholders, so it is lightly dismissed,  ignored, or demonized, and simply stricken from  government data.

Canada’s horrendously poor environmental record is reflected at our local level. When even just the attempt at bringing in a tree bylaw is met with such a negative backlash, one has to wonder at just how educated council is on the issues of the environment and global warming.

On all levels, we need forward-thinking governing bodies that have vision for new energy technology, for new ways of creating community, and for making our communities food-secure.

ALR land needs to be used  for growing food to counter distant and foreign food dependency, instead of being nothing other than a quaint holding pen for future developers.

Politicians might want to consider locally sourced food security for the Fraser Valley before they sell out to profiting shareholders who care nothing outside of lip service for the welfare of local residents.

And please, no thinly veiled excuses about the land not being farmable.

We need forward-thinking, innovative, environmentally intelligent leaders on all  levels of government.

The prevalent, dangerous attitude towards the environment has us all on a very nasty track with an unthinkable destiny.

Our current set of politicians and councillors has to go.

Why? At the top of  the list one might want to consider an apparently chronic and systemic disregard for a well educated, scientific approach towards the environment, how we live within it, and  how we affect the quality of our lives and that of future generations.

We have one home and one home only, this tiny blue dot in the galaxy.

Edith Schwartz, Brookswood

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