Environmental diversity threatened by U.S. border security

 

US border fence poses an extreme environmental hazard to fragile wildlife

US border fence poses an extreme environmental hazard to fragile wildlife

With the new year, it’s time to address some of the topics I’d side-stepped in 2009.

The following is an area of great concern to many and part of a continuing controvrsy mired in illegal immegration.

Thanks to former President George Bush, one of this country’s greatest hazards to the environment is rapidly taking shape.

Called the Great Wall of Mexico, the 15-foot hight border fence will cover over 3,000 kilometers of our country’s southern-most border. The fence is expected not to keep out illegal immegrants or drug smugglers, as Homeland Securiy had intended, but to cut off centuries-old animal migration paths,  eliminating access to both water and a diverse gene pool.As the fence expands, scientists, environmentalists, city chambers of commerce, farmers and ranchers from states on both sides of the border are protesting the creation of what can only be considered to be a tremendously short-sighted endeavour by the government that could likely backfire by eliminating the wide variety of plant and animal species that are already on the endanger list. 

Jaquars depend on crossing borders to maintain their gene pool

Jaquars depend on crossing borders to maintain their gene pool

According to the L.A. Times, a number of rules meant to protect fragile environments were waived to create this fence.

This project could easily taken the environment into account and incorporated measures that would have helped protect wildlife while securing our borders. But no such actions were taken and the fallout could be disastrous. For more on this, see http://vimeo.com/7065400.

Animals are cut off from access to critical water with the new border fence

Animals are cut off from access to critical water with the new border fence

The underlying question – particularly since the Copenhagen Summit’s failure to agree to any decisive environmental plan – is this. What will it take for our politicians to realize that knee-jerk reactions and posturing are grossly insufficient to remedying decades of business-as-usual, man-made environmental havoc?

How much is too much when it comes to the disappearance of wildlife before they’ll wake up and take positive action? One can only wonder.

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