Demand healthy development

I am not anti-development but I am against how development is done.

I am not anti-development but I am against how development is done.

First, let’s clarify the word development: in most cases it refers to building, usually malls or densified housing. Clearing all native trees, shrubs, grasses, even natural rock features, in order to create a flat, clean surface that is easier for the “developers” to work with is not okay.

It’s a proven scientific fact that human stress is reduced by green spaces and nature. Open, wild spaces provide seeds from varied grasses and wild flowers that sustain many species of birds and animals that we all enjoy.

Let’s demand healthy development for our living spaces that are more integrated with nature rather then the bald, hot, de-nuded spaces that are presently the norm.

Diane ErmacoraQualicum Beach

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