…you’re in for a big surprise.”
Have you been out and about lately and happen upon your favourite picnic spot only to find a brand new sub division in its place? It’s happening more and more around my area as with many suburbs of North American cities.
Urban sprawl has more effects on us than we probably realize. The biggest is probably the reliance on automobiles. Suburban communities spend more time in their cars and that leads to major ecological problems like smog and air pollution not to mention the effect it has on our waistlines and ultimately our health. More cars on the road mean higher traffic and higher traffic means billions and billions of dollars wasted on fuel and productivity.
It doesn’t end there. In my research I came across an article in National Geographic that stated we are losing 1.2 million acres of farmland per year. If you add in forests and undeveloped land the number rises to 2 million acres per year. Take a city like Phoenix, Arizona, which is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and you’ll discover it has been spreading outward at a rate of an acre an hour. With our population growth these numbers will unfortunately continue to rise.
What can you do about it?
Find ways to be less car dependent.
Find out what is happening in your community in regards to road expansion, new mega-stores, suburban development and the stresses on existing water and sewage plants. Take it to the next level.
David Suzuki has a link to Stopping Sprawl in Your Community – http://davidsuzuki.org/publications/resources/2003/driven-to-action—getting-started/
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