Dear editor,

I have just finished reading Tim Bousquet's excellent article Save our Shores. We are not only gating off the coast to the general public, we are also allowing our precious coastal regions to be 'infilled,' paved over, 'developed' and generally destroyed. Coastal ecosystems play an essential role in maintaining the healthy watersheds that are so crucial to our well being. I live in Hubbards, where the marsh has been filled in to accommodate yet another development. I recently saw the septic infilling referred to in Bousquet’s article, and while it appears to be a particularly egregious example of poor coastal development, it really is symptomatic of a larger issue that no one seems to want to talk about.

That is, we are consuming and developing ourselves literally to death. We are on the verge of an eco-collapse, and yet we go blithely on about our day preparing for the next exciting development to purchase or consume.

If the whole world lived the way we do in Canada, we would need 4 planets to sustain us. This can’t go on much longer.

It is time that we all stepped back and gave careful consideration to what legacy we are leaving our children.

I totally support Geoff Le Boutlillier's call for the establishment of a coastal development board to oversee any future development on the coast. A moratorium of say 6 months would not be a bad idea either.

Respectfully,Michael OddyGreen Party candidateSouth Shore St. Margarets.

By Michael Oddy

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