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Opinion: To restore California's ecosystems, we must adopt smarter permitting

Original post made on Aug 31, 2021

Many of these ecosystems are in dire health, and climate change is now accelerating the loss of biodiversity already underway.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 30, 2021, 10:59 AM

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Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 31, 2021 at 11:08 am

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When are environmental groups going to stop being scared of the word "overpopulation" and begin to use it in every story about the environment. It is the major cause of ecosystem loss in California and around the world and the underlying cause of the extinction crisis, global warming, drought and fires.

Planning to add million more people to a state that is massively overpopulated will not help to preserve the environment, even with a few permitting changes. Stop ignoring the obvious issues and lets get to the root of the problem in this state and the world.


Posted by scott
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 31, 2021 at 4:13 pm

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Contra tmp's point, we can't use the permitting process to keep Americans from being born, working, using water, and generating carbon. Pretending otherwise has only caused them to live far from work, in wildfire zones, belching CO2 as they supercommute to and from housing that has vast exurban lawns to waste water on.

If you care about the environment, stop consuming more of it to house humans. That means putting more of us on the existing footprint, preferably close to jobs and transit where our carbon impacts are lower. Preferably in denser housing that doesn't waste water on landscaping. Preferably out of exurban areas where grid expansion is causing wildfires. Preferably with reasonable affordability requirements that don't kill projects.


Posted by community member
a resident of University South
on Aug 31, 2021 at 4:39 pm

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>we can't use the permitting process to keep Americans from being born>

But we CAN stop celebrating so many births.
And we can stop celebrating pregnant bellies. And celebrities parading them.
And we can reduce the parties like (ugh) gender-reveal events. (Tasteless to the extreme.)
And spendy baby showers.

As though getting pregnant was difficult for most women.
what IS difficult is preventing pregnancy.


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