[OPINION] At the last City Council Meeting, Tim Keating of Rainforest Relief told council how he has an issue with ipe, the resilient wood we are using for our new boardwalk. According to the LB Patch, Keating even considers suing the city over this, particularly how the wood is harvested. He also considers filing an injunction to have the work stopped, unless we switch the wood (read @ LB PATCH – Greens Blast City for Tropical Wood Boardwalk).
I’m a friend of the environment. My recycling bin overflows every week. Sure, I don’t know where that stuff ends up, but I do my part. My baby wears cloth diapers. I bring a metal water bottle to work everyday to keep me from buying plastic. I bring bags to grocery stores. I am obsessed with the MPG in my economical car. I ride my bike whenever I’m local. I plant mostly native shrubs around my house, the ones that feed native birds, bugs and butterflies. I respect the environment and care for it. I totally get that we should protect our rain forests, but please correct me if I am wrong: Isn’t it more sustainable to cut down old trees and replace them with saplings? Younger trees produce more oxygen, right? At least That’s what google tells me. This ipe boardwalk will last much longer than the previous, where we had to replace the wooded boards all the time. How many trees did the old boardwalk kill? This one seems like less will be cut down in the long run. And a plastic boardwalk? I just feel like bringing in more plastic into this world seems like a bad idea. Even if it’s recycled plastic, the process of making plastic boards can’t be that healthy. Also, I read that the process of making cement is extremely toxic. So what is the alternative?
Are you really going to sue Long Beach and possibly hurt our rebuild? We are suffering down here. Most people cannot even get back in their homes. Our hospital cannot reopen. We are broke, bankrupted and suffering. There are people living in mobile homes on their property. Others who have no first floors are living on their second with no kitchen. Can somebody please give us a freakn’ break already??? I just feel, in my opinion, that Long Beach is getting beat up by everybody. As if nobody wants us to go back to normal. We have these dumb-ass LNG projects that keep popping up every few years, now this?
I do not know if this potential lawsuit has any merit, but I read a lot of things online regarding Long Beach. There is a strong uprising of residents who are completely pissed off about this particular news and they should be. We just want to go back to normal. Just please let us have our little boardwalk. We need it!!