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Natural Perspectives: Live long and help the Earth prosper

October 22, 2012|By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray
(Courtesy LOU MURRAY )

For about 12 years now, Louann and I have been writing columns for these pages. We regret that this is our last. Presumably, the Independent will be going in a new direction. Unfortunately, the folks there have decided that we — and many other columnists here and at other community newspapers — will not be going along.

We wish all the best to you, our loyal readers. We have enjoyed sharing with you our personal triumphs and failures, our joys and heartbreaks, our deepest convictions and our wildest speculations over the past years. We have done our best to provide you with perspective on the natural world around us. We have railed against the damage that modern industrial society does to nature and to human beings.

We have advocated the highest possible level of protection for our beloved Bolsa Chica wetlands. We leave the paper content that the people of Huntington Beach appreciate this wonderful blessing that is in our midst.

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Much the same can be said for the Huntington Beach wetlands, smaller and less controversial than Bolsa Chica, but also valuable and also still with us today because dedicated citizens banded together to protect a great asset.

Much the same also can be said for Shipley Nature Center and the other valuable natural habitat areas scattered throughout the rest of Huntington Central Park and elsewhere in the city.

But the preservation of these areas is never finished. It will be up to each succeeding generation to alertly guard against threats to areas like these. It would only take a vote of 4 to 3 on the Huntington Beach City Council for some of these areas to be converted to a parking lot. Any loss of a natural area is a permanent one. Our victories are temporary, but losses are forever.

Lou and I have offered our views on issues like air pollution, water pollution, global warming and the over-consumption of natural resources. For us here in Huntington Beach, an issue that can only become more acute in the future is water supply. Lou has justifiably bragged about the productivity of her garden, and I brag on her behalf that she produces all those fruits and vegetables (280 pounds so far this year, she tells me) while consuming less than half the average homeowner's consumption of water per month.

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