John Lazarus, Byron Bay
We are a part of the environment. If it collapses then so does the human species. In the period that the worlds human population has doubled, other species have halved. With 1,000,000 of the remaining species remaining now under threat of extinction.
The Mitchells Rainforest snails, in the wetland/rainforest path of the proposed Byron Bay bypass’ bulldozers, perform the function of breaking down fallen vegetation to release the nutrients and carbon into the soil. We are running the risk of a global environmental breakdown that will take our human species with it. It’s not just the snails in the bulldozers way of Byron Councils Tianaman Square style ‘bypass’ wildlife clearing. There will be several marsupial species curled up in winter dens, several snake species curled up in winter dormancy, micro bats cuddled up together under the bark of paper bark trees, birds, spiders, bugs, and a rich, barely understood, sub soil environment of species, all to be allegedly bulldozed for a 10 minute saving of time for some cars (but watch what new development is facilitated).
The micro bats eat a thousand mosquitoes a night, and with their habitats loss Council sabotages our capacity to live in this area. The usual Council environmentalists, Cr Coorey and Cameron opposed the development, while the Greens Councillors acted in breach of their own adopted and advertised policies in relation to Native Animals, Biodiversity, and Wetlands.
The Greens Councillors should resign from the party and stand as independents. I suspect there is more support for the survival of Byron Bays wildlife species than there is for the survival of the Greens Party or Byron Shire Council, or for this fake bypass. Fuck the bypass, save the planet.