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Our take: Two sides of green collide in Somenos Marsh
Any regular newspaper reader is more than familiar with the ongoing battle between developers and the citizens who oppose them.
What makes development plans around the north end of Duncan so unusual is that proponents of both sides are proudly wearing green.
On the left, you have the Somenos Marsh conservationist crowd. These are the people who love the birds and the fish and appreciate how the wetlands act as an ecological filter for the local environment.
They believe humanity has encroached on the marsh too much already; a firm line must be drawn, and it must be held to protect nature.
On the other left ,you have community planners, some North Cowichan councillors and advisors, and the people who are concerned about global warming.
They adhere to the latest watchword in the fight against climate change: density.
The theory goes that climate change is fueled by too many people in too many cars. The solution is letting them work, live and play in one place. Let people walk, cycle and — if they absolutely must — take transit everywhere they have to go and you should be able to cut CO2 emissions from cars dramatically.
The thrust of North Cowichan’s award-winning climate action plan is to encourage future development into the existing urban footprint in order to densify our way to a critical mass.
These two visions are now colliding along the banks of the newly contructed dike and the first battleground is the proposed new RCMP station.
From where we sit, neither vision is mutually exclusive.
But until both sides realize they want different versions of the same thing, we could be in for quite the battle.