Letters: Time for new priorities

In response to the Aug. 31 story in the Manitoba Co-operator, “Municipal Board considering benchmark ruling.

Very often we hear the outcry for economic development and resurrection of employment with no concerns whatsoever for water sources, environment and a quality of living. Only a degree of risk is sometimes mentioned. Without water, there is no economy.

Without water, there is nothing.

Undoubtedly the accumulation of wealth is the driving force behind the major corporations that are wilfully destroying our environment.

Money rewards those whose scruples are non-existent.

Overwhelming scientific evidence proves our present economic system is destroying our planet’s ability to sustain life.

Yet, far too many of our politicians turn a blind eye to the science in favour of supporting a system that has brought us to this precipice.

Premier Pallister’s Manitoba government is no exception, as it continues the cutting of red tape to stimulate development without diligent oversight, completely ignoring the precautionary principle.

If we forge ahead in total selective ignorance of the catastrophic Armageddon that we are passing on to our children, then we are guilty and complicit in the destruction of Earth’s life-sustaining gifts.

Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last stream poisoned with pollution will we all realize that we cannot eat or drink money.

John Fefchak
Virden, Manitoba

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