bit about us: Friends of the
Farewell is a non-profit
group...a grassroots online community that unites residents of Clarington with an interest
in environmental issues. All of us at FOF are dedicated to providing you with the most
comprehensive, up-to-date information on environmental issues impacting Clarington
available. Thanks for joining our community, and if you have any comments or questions or
need more information, please contact us (click on mailbox below).
We are group of people who believe that we
have right to live in healthy environment and we also believe that our basic needs, WATER, AIR and SOIL
should be protected. These three elements contribute to the quality
of our lives. We need water for irrigation, transportation, industry, recreation but also
for swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing and most of all for keeping us alive. Most of
these actions lower our water quality and we are undervaluing this resource by abusing it.
The water quality should be everybody's business because we all draw
from the same supply of water.
The apparent abundance of water is deceptive and
our daily wastes flow into our streams, lakes, rivers and oceans. Water can
"digest" some waste, but there is a limit for everything. For more information on water read on the internet Freshwater Series A-4, A-3 by
Environment Canada, 1993. All the above information is their findings.
Durham Region has usually the highest AIR
pollution. Why? It is not only the industry and our cars that produce carbon dioxide and
other pollutants that go directly to our atmosphere. It is also deforestation of Region.
There is only one thing in our modern society that can absorb carbon dioxide we are
producing and that thing is the TREE. So far, we don't have any other devices for cleaning
our air and yet, we are cutting, burning and clearing the only living thing that is
helping us to do that. In exchange the tree gives us oxygen we need for breathing. Durham
Region until few years ago was quite forested, but lately, the large wooded areas were
cleared. Some significant larger woodlots should have been left for our sake. But that is
not the case in Durham Region. We haven't seen the end of clearing the remaining remnant
of woodlots. They are essential not only for cleaning the air but also important for
groundwater recharge for creeks. Only treed areas can retain moisture, store it and
release it to our streams that are maintaining water supply for the Lake Ontario our
source of our drinking water. That is why we think that trees should not be treated as our
enemies but our friends. The wildlife of any kind living in our area are helping to keep
it clean and healthy without any charge; they collect pests, replant, fertilize, etc.
Soil pollution enters into ground as a result of
activities like building, using fertilizers, pesticides, etc., and sooner or later into
the groundwater which supply our lakes and our drinking water.
We are trying to protect these three basic
resources, but the power of money, greed and the thought that there are enough of
woodlands, streams to get rid of is overpowering our cause. The latest physical proof that
something is wrong with all three resources, is not being taken seriously, therefore we
must take our own actions to protect our basic need for life. Some people do not
comprehend that their actions influence other peoples lives.
AWARENESS OF WHAT IS HAPPENING in our area IS OUR MAIN GOAL.
Your involvement in any possible way will help. WE ALL HAVE
TO DRINK THE SAME WATER, BREATH THE SAME AIR AND EAT THE SAME PRODUCTS OUR SOIL SUPPLY US
JOIN US and help each other.
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