–Finn and Chloe Unger
We are too young to vote right now, but we won’t be forever. Until then, we are watching and listening and learning from all of you, in preparation.
And we have three questions we want to ask, of all the candidates, on behalf of our 91 followers (growing!!) who live in Sooke, know the importance of wild spaces, and support Project HOWL.
We started Project HOWL to Help Our Wolves Live. Since then we have learned that healthy intact wild habitats are the key to every thing. Wild spaces hold moisture, slow runoff, protect soil, cool climates, reduce wildfire risk, clean water, clean air, support salmon runs, and a loads more.
We hear many candidates speak about the special wild beauty of Sooke and promise to protect the natural wild landscape that draws people to live here and visit here. At the same time, we hear candidates using the words “smart” and “growth” together, promising more housing and highways.
As Sooke has grown and developed, wild spaces have been turned into human ones. Trees have been replaced by subdivisions. Surface water runoff no longer soaks in and has been diverted from natural courses, overwhelming streams and causing flooding.
And important wildlife corridors, like DeMamiel Creek where we live, that are vital to animals travelling between the Sooke hills and the Sooke Basin, have been narrowed and pinched and interrupted and cut off, leading to habitat destruction and increased human/wildlife conflicts in our neighbourhoods and near our schools.
Humans are here, and we’re not going anywhere. And we all want to live happy lives. But we need to “walk in a good way” doing it.
- What does “smart growth” actually mean to you?
- Who of you is prepared to protect the wild spaces that surround our community, and keep them intact?
- And how do you propose and plan to actually make that happen, for real?
As a community, let’s come up with something really really amazing.
Finn and Chloe Unger