Hamilton Spectator, letter, Feb. 4, 2003
highway is a road to prosperity' (Jan. 30).
reaction to this letter was to:
all the ways that the proposed mid-peninsula highway (MPH) will be
out all the flaws in assuming that a highway brings economic prosperity.
material in the Transportation Ministry's own documents which appear
to show it will be a toll road with a "private partner."
all the ways that a strip of pavement would have tremendous effects
on the Niagara Escarpment.
it occurred to me that, based on the thrust of this letter, the writer
is comfortable with the way we've treated the planet in the past and
has chosen to ignore the increasingly apparent effects our society's
actions have had on our environment.
that there is no argument strong enough to make some people realize
that we can no longer keep proceeding with business as usual.
past actions are no longer suitable for future sustainability.
is no such thing as "not in my back yard" anymore. One has
only to look at the melting polar ice caps to realize that our actions
have global ramifications.
I will say thanks. As a member of COPE (Citizens Opposed to Paving the
Escarpment) executive and one of those groups fighting the MPH, I find
it extremely complimentary to be referred to as a "professional
environmentalist." Our group is new to the activist life. To be
perceived as professional when we have little experience is really gratifying.
This writer would perhaps be disappointed to learn that COPE's world
headquarters consists of several very messy dens and a dining-room table
covered in correspondence.