The solution to pollution is not dilution

Opinion

To the Editor:

“The solution to pollution is dilution. It is very logical that if a chemical is bothering you, you should increase the flow of good air to dilute the level of the chemical.” Quote from Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, MD, author of ‘Detox or Die’ first published in 2002. This makes sense when talking about helping to remove toxic unwanted materials from the body. There is also removing toxic materials from various activities that humans are involved in.

Where do these unwanted materials go? They go into the environment: soil, water, air. In fact, this approach is widespread in disposing of unwanted materials. Dilution is one of the most common methods for dealing with many kinds of waste, across a wide range of industrial, agricultural and domestic sources.

In many cases people were probably taught that it is OK to pour your waste materials down the sink (and let dilution take care of any nasty effects). In fact, this approach is widespread. However, despite its frequent promotion, dilution probably is not the solution. With the risks posed by pollution continuing to threaten our environment, we need to look to science to help us find better ways to deal with waste materials.

The soils are full of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers with heavy metals and more. I do not think anything is 100 per cent organic as I believe the problem is everywhere to some degree. The water in many areas has been found to have radioactive material as well various drugs, chemicals and the list goes on. The air can contain life threatening substances for humans as well as the other life forms we share the planet with: animals and plant life.

There is always more than one way of doing something, we just have to search and find an answer.

The pipe in the Northumberland Strait is not the solution. It may be one of the less costly solutions to the waste disposal at Northern Pulp but one must think of the environmental consequences. The closure of Boat Harbour has been in the works for five years yet it seems they have come up with only one solution and it is unacceptable. Pouring toxic material into the water may not appear to be a problem in the beginning but, through time, the toxins will accumulate and the Northumberland Strait will die and all that live in it will perish.

The environment and our water are important for our survival. In many cases all those in power see only the dollars and do not look to the future generations.

We, at this time, are the care takers of Mother Earth and must assure her survival for those who come after us. Think about it: Every time you toss trash, drop a cigarette butt or pour out something toxic you are adding to the future destruction of creation.

It is important to live in peace and be respectful of all our surroundings.

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin

New Glasgow