An environmental science student view

This emailed letter has just arrived from a Grade 9 student:

I am a student at A.R. MacNeill Secondary School and have been learning about some interesting topics in my Environmental Science class. Today, we took a walk to the Garden City Lands, and our teacher, Mr.Wolfe, showed us some interesting areas containing organisms and objects. I have been informed that the City of Richmond has purchased the land for $60 million, which I do appreciate as I finally got a chance to see what’s in there and our class got to see some very interesting things today.

Now I know that the City of Richmond has been thinking of turning the place into more housing property, but perhaps this piece of land should be kept the way it is, with only minor adjustments, such as farms as it is a very large piece of land, 136 acres big. The City of Richmond hasn’t been able to see such an interesting place for a very long time.

Did you know that it used to formerly be a bog and that many organisms reside in the fields? If we destroy their habitat, they’ll be forced to go elsewhere and we won’t be able to visit the site anymore, knowing that there aren’t any plant species to study or animals to inspect. Think of it as an amazing tourist attraction, it’s conveniently located near the city center, and I don’t think there are any other lands like this anywhere near city center that are easily accessible.

Not to mention because of it’s location, there aren’t any parking lots that are very nearby. People will be encouraged to walk or bicycle to the lands, which is a good thing for our Environment, since cars produce carbon dioxide and that is killing our precious Earth.

It’s time to let agricultural lands be the way it is, leave it the way it’s suppose to be. Perhaps this great land will sprout something that’s incredibly beneficial to us. Who knows unless we try, right? I hope you will consider some of the things I have said in this letter today, and I hope to be able to look at the Garden City Lands for future generations.

I responded with thanks, a promise to share the letter (as this guest post on this blog), and the suggestion that all the students in the Environmental Science class read the posts in the Visions for the Lands category. One can reach it in the Categories drop-down menu within the Main Menu on the left side of this page. Or by clicking here. The students seem to be off to a good start, and they could clarify their knowledge and come to their own vision through reading and discussion.

If anyone else would like to go on a biological diversity tour of the lands with Mr. Wolfe, check out the eco-tours page on the Garden City Lands website. If you would like to see how agricultural diversity is occurring on a Richmond farm as it could be on the Garden City Lands, check out the agri-tours page.


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