By James Malmberg
Our forefathers felt strongly that nature needed protection from development. Had they not, the Grand Canyon, Smokey Mountain National Park, the Florida Everglades, Devils Lake State Park are a examples of areas that could have disappeared through habitat destruction with their beauty gone forever.
Today, greed is stealing nature from our kids and grandkids and beyond. Once 100,000 acres of wetlands that have been removed from protection are developed, they are gone…forever. The reason given for removing the protection is that it will make homes cheaper. In other words, the wild life and beauty of nature will be destroyed so we can buy cheaper houses. Future generations are being robbed but those in power don’t care. After all, the profit motive is more important than habitat destruction.
Perhaps remembering a Cree proverb will put home buyers and developer’s greed in perspective. It says, “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”