If we consider the best place on earth to be our home, then the heart of a community is the people within that home.
Presently there are situations developing in and around our home that are compromising the safety, health and happiness of the people who live here. If you read the news, participate in social networking or talk to a neighbour, you know that the issues facing this community are having an effect on how we feel and how we care about what we feel.
We cannot turn away from the harmful effects of economically driven powers that are starting to make us live in our home in fear, potential sickness and the anxieties that come from making poor choices.
If we look to the air we breathe we have to understand what kind of air we are breathing. If we are asked to breathe harmful garbage substances and incineration smoke fumes brought to us by other communities, our fears will become our worst nightmares. We will become sick. Our hearts will sense an increasing disease and our level of comfort will be changed for generations to come.
The impacts are: respiratory problems such as asthma and reduced lung function, cardiovascular concerns such as heart disease, cardiac arrest, reproductive issues such as premature birth, low birth weight, developmental defects and neurological impacts such as memory and sleep impacts.
We know we can do things differently. We can decide as a community that we prefer to live a life in our home with the utmost care for our own well-being. We can stand up for our rights as individuals with a heart and say no to incinerators on the Coast, no to toxic air and yes to a healthy home for our children and grandchildren.
Judith Renaud, Gibsons