Monday April 21, 2014

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Re: Brian Smithís letter (Coast Reporter, Nov. 30).

The letter implies that grey-haired Coasters who support the environmental movement are selfish. I am one of those people, and I donít believe Iím being selfish by coming out in support of the environment.

Itís true that my generation has depleted the worldís resources and damaged the environment. But to accuse us of being selfish just because weíre trying to save whatís left of the environment is out of line. Iím someone who works hard to earn my modest salary, pay my taxes, manage my debts, try to minimize my own pollution of the world, take care of my plot of land, eat as little meat as possible, etc.

Iím not against the industries that create jobs. But it is we, the people, who own the natural resources. The people have a right to say ďnoĒ to the wanton destruction caused by projects like the tar sands, and to demand that a tiny patch of Sunshine Coast forest be set aside from the thousands of hectares that are being logged.

The best way to ensure that there will be jobs in the future is by preserving our natural environment. We have a responsibility to counterbalance the profit incentive of the companies by factoring in the staggering environmental costs of projects like the tar sands. Whoís going to pay those costs? Our grandchildren?

Fortunately, the environmental movement is more than just a few old guys on the Sunshine Coast. It includes thousands of young people. Theyíre the ones who most acutely feel the impact of our societyís excessive lifestyle. And theyíre the ones who will eventually replace our generation of short-sighted politicians and climate change deniers, and find ways to build a greener future.

Robert OíNeill, Roberts Creek



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