Editor: The Guardian reported that our new premier recently identified 10 lenses for viewing the choices that government makes. Presumably, such lenses reflect his key values and commitments and will direct his attention to what he regards as most important.
Mr. MacLauchlan does not identify an environmental lens for looking at government choices. Or a sustainability lens. Given the many challenges that we face on P.E.I. to our land and to our water, including eroding soils, low organic content, nitrate contamination, fishkills, pesticides, water extraction, and the impacts of climate change, this is a puzzling omission. Certainly, Mr. MacLauchlan knows that a healthy environment is an essential priority for present and future prosperity. The Environmental Coalition of P.E.I. (ECOPEI) encourages the premier to get his lenses adjusted to help bring our environmental issues on P.E.I. into clearer focus before the next election.