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Our throwaway society has gone too far


Since the invention of the combustible engine, mankind has enjoyed a standard of living that is second to none. Our forefathers would be amazed at the drastic changes we've seen in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Charlene Johnson, Minister

Environment and Conservation;

Since the invention of the combustible engine, mankind has enjoyed a standard of living that is second to none.

Our forefathers would be amazed at the drastic changes we've seen in the 20th and 21st centuries. Every day many of us work, play, and consume hydrocarbons at an alarming rate with little or no understanding of their impact on life support systems and the many creatures that inhabit this earth.

We have become a world addicted to technology with no end in sight.

It was hydrocarbons that brought mankind out of the jungle and it's hydrocarbons that might send us back in!

Yes we have achieved many milestones because of this, however one thing is for sure. If we continue to pillage and rape our bogs, forests and pure water supplies like we have, it might just spell the end to life, as we know it.

People just don't get it these days. They go about their daily affairs oblivious to certain realities. Our throwaway society has gone too far.

Indiscriminate dumping, remote cabin development and a host of other human behaviours have degraded our earth to a point of no return.

Closer to home, even here on the North Shore of Conception Bay we have made an ass of things.

That's not progress Ms. Johnson. That's just dangerous!

So please Ms. Johnson, Mr. Williams and anyone who has children or grandchildren - let's lead by example for a change and make a huge environmental difference for 2010.

I am sure my fellow Newfoundlanders and global citizens would be ecstatic.

Oh Charlene. Don't forget about the 15-year-old dumpsite in front of my house and other remote wilderness areas. It's just as big as ever.

Are you too oblivious to certain realities? Please don't pass the buck any more!

Yours in conservation,

Tony O'Leary,

Western Bay, Conception Bay

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