Letter to the Editor: Their Future, Our Legacy!

Monday, October 7, 2019

To the Editor:

On Friday, September 20th, youth from around the world and in our own community took to the streets to bring attention to our global climate situation. It is this generation, the generation of my children, that are now consciously considering not to pro-create, due to the unforeseen future that lies ahead of them and their prospective children. It was a strike to bring attention to us all.

At this time, I know we can do better with our resources. I think to afford 88.1 million dollars for an aquatic/community center is unthinkable. The resources that will be used to tear down houses to create space and be extracted from the earth to build, and then the additional resources that will be needed to maintain the structure, staff it, and potentially rebuild in the future is not where our precious resources need to go.

It has also been my experience that aquatic and community centers are not accessible to everyone in our community. It costs to swim. You need a means to get to the facility. These are limitations for many people in our community.

If our youth can make tough decisions like not pro-creating then I think we can make the decision to not build an aquatic/community center that does not serve our whole community.

I know we can think beyond what we are used to and use our resources to create or enhance spaces that are beneficial to all of us and support the belief that we give our children a better world than the one we were given!

I invite everyone to consider and reconsider their vote, and join in voting “no”, for their future and our legacy.

Meghan Peterka
Shoreline




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