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Silence is a betrayal to Nature and our children’s future


Oh invisible friend, whoever you are, you do have a way to shake me out and put me in motion again!

I was still under a spell of despair this morning when I saw this: http://www.keepwestcloverdalealr.webs.com/

We can’t be passive…we can’t go to work and quietly come back home as if this is not with us. Democracy, the environment we live in and our own future are all at stake. If we don’t speak up, who will?

I quote from their website: “… (six owners of 7 parcels) have applied to the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to exclude approximately 40 acres of farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve.   This could then see the lands development for non-agricultural uses (e.g., commercial, industrial, etc.)

Impacts

Such a development goes against the Official Community Plan, and the West Cloverdale South Neighbourhood Concept Plan (report and map), and the character and charm of this area.

Such a development would:

  • forever remove these lands from the province’s already dwindling agricultural land base
  • considerably affect the enjoyment of the area
  • impact property values
  • negatively impact migratory and resident wildlife
  • remove an existing and productive vegetable farm
  • bring increased noise, traffic, and pollution to the area”

This is also happening in my area, and I’m sure this is happening all around Surrey, Vancouver, BC, Canada and the world: https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheBoseForest/info

How many more attracts to our basic rights, to our planet and its inhabitants we need to tolerate before reaching the tipping point where we all stand up and start taking actions?

I make a call to all Surrey/White Rock/Delta and Langley residents to shake out any thoughts and feelings that this has “nothing to do with you”, because it has.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Please share with family, friends and neighbours and remember Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)  story.  Niemöller was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Check out his words:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

Or how another admired Martin put it: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.