Increasing Arctic and Antarctic ice-melt means sea levels are rising and this won’t be stopped until we reverse our destructive economy.
But instead of trying to fight global warming and its catastrophic results we get letters like “Beach scrub dangers” (Illawarra Mercury December 28 2012) arguing that the habitat somehow strangles beaches and causes higher tides! This nonsense has to stop.
Drowning is often the result of ignorance as people don’t know the dangers and need education in water safety.
Likewise falsely blaming vegetation or certain tree species could also be the result of ignorance – but more often it’s people who live opposite who claim they have a right to a ‘view’. There is no legal right to a view. The problem is councils allow roads and buildings too close to the beach, causing over-exploitation of the coast.
There is a NSW Coastal protection policy that recommends a building setback of one kilometre from the coast – I wish.
January 1 2013