Please, open your heart

How much fresh water can we sacrifice to become polluted with toxic chemicals to feed this thirsty industry?

Editor, The News:

Re: Oil pipelines money in our pockets (Letters, Nov. 29).

Dan Banov, quit cheering on Janet Holder for a moment and educate yourself about the true costs of oil extraction and transportation that the oil industry has omitted from their beautiful production.

Research how many forms of rare cancers are appearing in First Nation communities in northern Alberta.

Concern yourself with the disappearances of species at risk, such as the Boreal Caribou.

How much fresh water can we sacrifice to become polluted with toxic chemicals to feed this thirsty industry?

How can we respect, honor, and protect our coastal communities, their culture, their many jobs and their dependance on an ocean rich in life.

How can we protect a complicated, diverse environment  when we, at the present time, don’t have the skills or knowledge to clean up a spill.

How can we place our trust in a government that has removed more than 80 per cent of our fresh water lakes and fish from laws that once protected them.

Please open your heart and learn more about the communities of others so that we don’t leave our children and their’s a terrible legacy that is destructive to the hearts and souls of our society.

We are all getting older and so will these new pipelines, designed to carry  the ever so corrosive bitumen.

I know I am much more smarter and innovative than I look. I know I can leave a better future for my child, one that involves clean air, land and water.

I know we can do better.

Deborah Winkler

Maple Ridge

 

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