It was sad to read your note. I loved my hometown. I can say loved
since it is essentially gone. It was killed by the same kind of
indifference that allows air and water pollution in Nogales. And, it seemed
so easy to change the path that led to its destruction.
My town was such a simple system. It was a company lumber mill town.
All the houses, everything were owned by one company. They logged and
logged and blamed owls and Indians and environmentalists for their problems
of not being able to cut down more forests. Then, they finally cut all the
forest and the mill closed, people abandoned the homes, and the deforested
places created severe habitat losses for wildlife and fish dependent on
wooded streambanks. Our salmon problems in the Northwest, for example, are
tied to this loss.
Many artists and writers work on this issue. We can only keep on.
> In the "Conversations about teaching Contemporary Ecological Art"
>segment of the website I came across the question "What ecological issues
>are important in your community?" Coming from a border town, I have
>been able to experience many negative outcomes of the environment and
>natural habitat due to mistakes of humankind. If any of you have ever
>heard of the town in Arizona called Nogales, chances are that the issues
>brought up along with it weren't good. As some of you might know, Nogales
>has a huge problem with unsafe and infected water leading to cancer,
>particularly skin cancer. For the most part, this problem seems to be due
>to the fact that the sewage water from Mexico crosses the border through
>what is known as the "arroyo." The result of diseases doesn't mean that
>Mexico is the country to blame. This issue simply turned out to be that
>way. The problem is that the water which substantiates plant and human
>life is somewhat infected making the lives of the species that depend on
>it be somewhat endangered.
> Another ecological issue, that affects my hometown, whether people
>realize it or not is the air pollution created by the multiple semi-trucks
>that transport the produce which has managed to keep Nogales from becoming
>a ghost town. Although there is not any smog or anything that may inhibit
>life of any sort, the question that comes to mind is, is it worth
>"polluting the air" just to keep a town alive? Personally, I cannot help to
>be but biased since it is after all my hometown which I love dearly.
> Hopefully, attention will be given to these issues before it's too