This morning, as a number of landowners in Onanole went for their daily walk they were astonished to see that someone overnight had backed up a truck and dumped construction wastes, plastic bottles, coffee cups, and a host of other materials on a walking trail in a local sub-division.
What was astonishing was that anyone today would do something like this anywhere in Manitoba – and avoid having to take the materials to a local landfill. What was insulting was to drop this material in a local residential sub-division, as if it was a local receptacle for trash. Lots of metaphors come to mind! Here is what this pile of garbage looked like.
As we turn the corner of October and are less than 9 weeks from the international meeting of over 190 nations of the world to obtain agreement on a new international climate treaty and reduction of carbon emissions, I am amazed that there are some who still treat our neighborhoods as trash bins. And there are many who treat the planet the same way. What is needed is a very stiff NO – this is not acceptable – from the citizens of our community and all over our planet – we need to clean up our messes. And, those who pollute or do not care need to pay very heavily. Putting a price on polluters and on the cost of carbon emissions is something that has been missing from our economic forecasts. They now need to be accounted for.