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Remove Green To Be More Green

Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2016

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No April Fool’s joke here.  Actual live trees, green trees are being removed so we can be green.  Places that birds and bugs live and feed will be removed so we can have shade for our cars.  Makes me sad.

The center is quite large and so I am bummed that trees have to be removed instead of some type of roof top installation of solar panels.  I mean, solar panels are great to help with energy.  It makes sense: sun, power — good.  But it is so sad that the trees have to go.  It is so sad that they will be replaced by metal and concrete.

It was even more prophetic that when I got in my car the radio was playing, “It’s The End Of the World as we know it.”  I am not even certain that a more appropriate song would have been Big Yellow Taxi, ya know the one that says “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Sigh.  Good-bye pretty tree-lined parking lot.  I’ll miss you.

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7 Responses to “Remove Green To Be More Green”

  1. Louiza said

    The idea of replacing trees with solar panels is absurd! This is not “green” ! I agree with you , Terre… Why not place the solar panels on the roof tops of the community center? The trees were here first.
    I hope that the idea of shading our cars is not a selling point for this insane idea. Our city is selling a lot of ideas like this one… I look at the so called “growth” in this city and I wonder if the city planners ever think about water shortage.
    Will all these trees survive this move? How much is this costing the tax payer?
    I believe in maintaing nature around us and not disturbing it. Seeing, feeliing, smelling, hearing, tasting nature connects us to our humanity and community.

    I hope we come to our senses when before we choose progress over nature.

    Louiza

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    • I am having a difficult time understanding how it is green. But I imagine the trees were probably planted by the city. There are two or perhaps five that look like they might have been there awhile, but I am not sure about the rest. It just is sad. I feel sad that it seems so much of our plant life gets removed and all that is left is concrete and metal. The community center is nice looking because of it’s trees. Now it will look like some of the community centers that are not as nice looking. More sterile. 😦

      I do not know how trees are removed/saved/replanted. And who really oversees that. I mean it will be obvious when it is removed, but who makes sure that it actually gets replanted and given the care it needs to survive being moved? I don’t know. But I do wonder about the cost of it all. I would hope that they did some sort of study and will be able to “make-up” the cost of everything (quickly)– the plants being moved and the canopies being put in — with the new energy that will be generated by the solar parking structures.

      But that is the sad part . . . there will be a HUGE (HUGE!!!) lack of seeing, feeling, smelling, and hearing nature when the trees are gone. That is what makes me sad. The serenity will be gone. It will feel less like community . . . to me. Sigh. It is a big bummer!

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  2. Louiza said

    There is the flip side of the coin. Who ever is responsible with the decision of uprooting the trees to make room for the sun panels has good intentions. The tax payers have good intentions. We all have the same goal in mind, to become a more conscientious society. Are hearts are in the right place and we all have good intentions. We just have to accept that with every decision there are pros and cons. Trying to balance those pros and cons is a tough job.

    Louiza

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  3. Ironic and sad. Well written post Terre.
    Trees with deep roots cannot be saved and rehomed. They mean that new trees get planted elsewhere to replace their loss. Loss of years of growth and ample leaves.

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    • Well, as I said, I did not have a lot of time to talk to him to get clarification. That is what I thought he meant when he first said something . . . but then he made it sound as if the existing trees will be replanted either at the center or at a park. I will try to remember to ask next time I am there. It won’t be for over a week so . . . we will see (if I can remember).

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  4. Another Tree song 😉

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