October 25, 2008 Leave a comment
Estuary is a national treasure
Published: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Controversy stalks our buzzing border with Mexico. Illegal immigration, border fences, drug smuggling, Homeland Security and migrant farm workers are just a few of the white-hot topics lighting up the media every day.
But in the middle of chaos there lies a sanctuary. It is the Tijuana River Estuary.
A safe haven to many endangered birds and indigenous plant, the sprawling wetlands is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground for more than 370 species of native and migratory birds numbering in the tens of thousands. A vital part of this system is the Border Field State Park, which lies in the southwestern corner of this reserve. When you travel east you run into the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Go north a few miles and first you will hit a part of the San Diego Bay NWR and then the Sweetwater Marsh.
This entire habitat is crucial to the wildlife, to our local ecosystem and its preservation is necessary on a global level. These estuaries and marshlands are considered to be among the most biologically productive ecosystems on our planet and a crucial respite on the Pacific Flyway, a superhighway for migrating birds.
A majority of this natural habitat has already been destroyed due to human encroachment and urban development. There are still many issues in our cities today that are threatening the safety of these havens and the wildlife that they support.
Duncan Hunter’s habitat destroying border fence threatens the wildlife of the estuary and the Border Field State Park. So does sewage contamination and pollution from the Mexican side of la linea.
A $1 billion Chargers stadium proposal on the Chula Vista bayfront will cause irreparable damage to the nearby wetlands of the San Diego NWR and Sweetwater marshlands.
These issues need to be looked at closely and the voices of the environmentally conscious need to be heard. Can we let entertainment, xenophobia and greed destroy what little natural habitat we have left? This is our backyard. This environmental treasure is our responsibility.
Environmental protection of our local wildlife habitats is just one of many issues that impact our community. There are many things that we can provide through community service that will make a difference in our world. Clean up projects on our campus, in our city, and our wildlife reserves and beaches are constantly needed.
Providing food, clothing and blankets to the homeless in our area and our neighbors in Tijuana is an area where we can make a difference in the lives of people in need. Supporting environmental and conservation legislation can affect our future. Promoting health and sexual awareness and education needs to be addressed frankly and honestly.
This is a call for action. I am looking for students, faculty and staff that are interested in making Southwestern College an active, conscious environment that serves the campus and community in ways that have both a local and global impact. Participating in college activities and community service is a vital component when applying for transfer to major universities, scholarships and even your job résumé. This can make the difference in your future in a highly competitive system.
We have all of the support we need here on campus and in our city to make a difference. Let me know what issues you are passionate about. Together we can find the resources to set your voice into action. When the voices of many become voices in action the results can be positive and unlimited.
Let me hear your voice. TheHumanChord@gmail.com
Profesora Guadiana-Costa. Gracias por poner un bicho en mi oído.