To the Editor:
The earth is alive and sacred.
How can this be honored in the way we build our world? In our urban planning and design?
And what do we do when it is clearly not being honored?
Our legislative system currently gives us- the people - no leg to stand on when corporations come along with projects that follow a doomed narrative: Our earth is a resource to be used.
All-too-often this use becomes abuse because of disregard to our earth’s life and sacredness. And when that happens? We the people are unfortunately left feeling powerless in stopping or changing the narrative these projects perpetuate, regardless of the extent to which they may harm the health of ecosystems and communities.
But we are not powerless.
One purpose of the Right to a Healthy Climate ordinance, passed by Exeter residents this past march, is to assert the legislative power we as communities actually have. As the ordinance states: “This right of self-government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is natural, fundamental, and unalienable. It is also secured to us by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire.”
What Exeter residents have done is created a local law that enables us to stop or change projects which will clearly do more harm than good to our ecosystems and our communities. Now, our town officials are more empowered in how they represent Exeter and look after its short and longterm well-being. Now, we may better elevate the narrative of a brighter future: The earth is alive and sacred.