As wildfires engulf communities, water sources run dry and haze reaches as far east as Westchester County, my peers and I are grappling with grief. It’s a grief built on concern for the natural spaces we love and feel powerless to protect.
In our 20s, as we make steps toward creating a future for ourselves and our friends, it’s a grief magnified by blurring visions of our loved ones being able to lead healthy lives – now and in the future.
When I heard about the potential real estate development on the shores of Pocantico Lake (“Proposed Subdivision at Pocantico Lake Park Would Degrade a County Jewel”), my heart sank. If even our beloved local parks are under threat, will any life-sustaining ecosystems be protected? I urge all of our elected officials, at all levels of government, to make forward-thinking choices and to protect the natural spaces your constituents cherish. This starts by demanding a full and complete environmental review of the proposed 31-home subdivision.
To my friends and neighbors, I urge you to take a walk or jog along the shore of Pocantico Lake sometime this week. Join me in efforts to protect this beautiful spot, for the health of Westchester residents and wildlife alike.