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Progress? - Angela Xia

The greenspace at the end of Roxborough Drive may be lost to development in a few weeks. This place should not be lost. This area of nature improves the quality of life for all of us in the neighbourhood.

The greenspace at the end of Roxborough Drive may be lost to development in a few weeks. This place should not be lost.

This area of nature improves the quality of life for all of us in the neighbourhood. This place has a long history of neighbourhood use.

Many of us walk though the woods and have special memories of this peaceful place.

I feel at peace surrounded by those tall majestic trees. It is also the home to many animals; its strong arms sheltering them from the danger and the elements.

These trees are my heroes. They silently cleanse the air and water. Each day, they work hard to make Earth a better place to live. They moderate the climate, improve air quality, conserve water, provide shade for us in the summer and they beautify the landscape. It makes me sad that all these beautiful trees would be cut down.

Sudbury already has a dangerous smog problem. The increase in vehicle pollution and reduction of trees will further enlarge the smog problem.

 Smog causes cardio-respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smog increases the risks of heart attack and lung cancer and can cause some irritation to the eyes and throat. Smog also increases emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and even premature death. Smog affects everyone because we share the same air.

Cutting down the trees will make smog worse. Isn't the quality of life of our community more important than this development?

Angela Xia
Lockerby Composite School




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