Our modern society has long lived in a pervasive and persuasive paradigm that sees “progress” as synonymous with growth and is based on the assumption that the earth will be able to absorb whatever we throw at it without End and endless harm,” says the reader
BradfordToday received the following letter from Julie Johnson regarding the federal reevaluation of the Bradford Bypass:
So it looks like the federal reassessment application for the Bradford Bypass project (aka Holland Marsh Highway) has been denied by the federal government.
This is unfortunate, and also illogical, because anyone looking at even the smallest detail of the Conservative government’s Bradford bypass plan can see fairly clearly that it is ill-conceived, presumptuous, based on the (and thus incomplete and inaccurate) Based on 1997 data, and in no way supports climate protection.
Advocates of this highway are, of course, gleeful that the federal government isn’t stepping in and forcing them to do their due diligence. They seem to think that this is a victory for “drivers and farmers” and again that is illogical.
Drivers, do a simple google search for induced demand. Induced demand means that increasing the number of highways does not reduce congestion and congestion, the opposite occurs. More roads mean more cars and more congestion. We have seen this before our eyes over decades of highway construction. So you won’t get the promised ease of a smooth, fast car ride. How exactly do you win in this Bradford Bypass scenario over the long term?
Farmers, how can you consider paving valuable farmland beneficial to your business? How do you balance the weather obsession that comes with climate change with success in your business?
And do “drivers and farmers” live on another planet? Do they have some special power that prevents them from feeling the effects of climate change when it worsens, which will certainly happen unless we take immediate action to remedy it?
Our modern society has spent a long time in a pervasive and persuasive paradigm that sees “progress” as synonymous with growth and is based on the assumption that the earth will be able to absorb anything we throw at it, endlessly and without damage . (Spoiler alert: it can’t).
This is not a healthy paradigm.
Ecological reality indicates that we must change our assumptions, and the good news is that there are tangible, meaningful, and real options that support better ways of building and nurturing our human societies. We don’t have to build this highway to get the society we want. Nor do we have to wait for climate change to worsen. Better decisions need to be made and we can make them now.
For my part, I want to continue to live on a planet with a bearable temperature and I want to continue to be an earthling on a livable earth. Unfortunately, decisions like the construction of the Bradford bypass, small as they may seem at first glance, add up to large, dire consequences that undermine our well-being now and in the future.
Don’t we want a healthy world? Isn’t it about time we actually make choices to create this for ourselves?
Those currently in a position to make decisions can still do the sensible thing, reconsider their freeway plans and focus on exploring better options for their communities and the wider area as a whole.
Finally, my ecology in Oro Medonte needs your ecology in Bradford to be fine, and vice versa. My planetary climate is your planetary climate. Our interconnectivity is an ecological truth that we need to be more prominent about.
Julie Johnson, citizen of Oro Medonte