Climate Change Task Force - Unama'ki Cape Breton Cape Breton Spectator - Feb. 8th, 2023 Full article published here
Dear Premier Houston:
We would like to bring your attention to the West Mabou Beach Provincial Park controversy and our concerns in that regard.
West Mabou Beach is an ecologically sensitive area that forms part of the mere 5% of Nova Scotian coastline that is legally protected. We are adamantly against any part of the West Mabou Beach Provincial Park being used for anything other than a shoreline-protected park for the general public.
As of this date, there are over 28,000 signatures on the Change.org Protect West Mabou Beach petition, which demonstrates a significant number of people want this provincial park to remain as is—protected in perpetuity for generations to come.
To allow Cabot or any other enterprise to occupy this park directly contravenes your 2021 document “Our Climate, Our Future: Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth” and the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act, which contains 28 goals to address climate change and achieve sustainable prosperity, including protecting 20% of Nova Scotia’s land and water by 2030. What better environmentally sensitive land to protect than West Mabou Beach Provincial Park?
The powers of the minister to make exceptions to the laws around protected areas allowing a commercial enterprise to develop a business in a public park are of significant concern. We believe a decision like this should never be left in the hands of one individual. In these times of critical climate disruption and environmental degradation, we depend upon our elected representatives to fiercely protect and maintain those pieces of land that have been declared as public park spaces.
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