Canada Geese on Walden Pond
This is the Beaver Pond at the end of our street. A heavenly piece of supposedly protected land and home to generations of geese who return each year to live in peaceful bliss. This particular area is crucial to 164 species of birds, including 136 species which are known to breed in this area. Amazingly it contains a total of 17 species at risk, 50 locally significant species, 6 provincially rare and 2 nationally endangered species.
Remember last year when I mentioned that the forest in the background will be destroyed? We've just found out that the clear-cutting is slated to begin on July 17. Yes, in a month! Tomorrow, on Saturday at 10 am, there is a peaceful walk scheduled as a way for residents and activists to vocalize their dismay, to band together and make the politicians aware of just how dire the situation really is. Not only are 17 species in danger of becoming extinct, but there are too many levels of other backlash and repercussions to even begin listing. It is insane that it has gotten this out of control!
But there is still time to stop this blatant offense before the damage is irreparable. The politicians need to stand up and urge – no, demand! – the National Capital Commission to offer the developer another piece of land in trade, and that all will remain peaceful on Walden Pond.
I realize that the majority of visitors to this blog are not from the immediate area, but these sorts of occurrences are happening all over the world, right in YOUR own backyards. It is imperative to take a stand against this Barbarism for a Buck, and so I urge you to please join in our fight to save the Beaver Pond. There is a Facebook page for you to join with details of the situation as well as a newspaper article for you to read. Letters can be sent to the Minister of the Environment and the Prime Minister himself, Stephen Harper.
Please, please, please. We cannot stay silent any longer. We must band together and speak for those who cannot defend themselves. Is this not being HUMAN?