Badgers and Green Belt: Growth Policy Greyth not Greeth

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’re becoming worried about a couple of disturbing developments in Britain. The first is that the government seems intent on building over green belt land, with plans to bribe local residents so that they don’t oppose building near their homes. The other is a badger cull that seems to go hand in hand with the building on green belt: putting human construction/destruction before the environment and wildlife; sending our balance between green and grey off kilter.

Badger
Badger (Photo credit: Tatterdemalion!)

Government Building Policy seems Folly 

The planned government build-build-build economic policy seems crazy seeing as Ireland and Spain’s economic downfalls were both linked with a build-build-build policy.

There are now thousands of houses empty in both countries. Just think of the waste of money and environmental wellbeing in both cases.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - DECEMBER 01:  Unsold houses ...
DUBLIN, IRELAND – DECEMBER 01: Unsold houses lie empty at the Castlemoyne housing estate on December 1, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

While we totally agree with building when needed, there seems to be plenty of already concreted space and empty buildings available, instead of concreting over green belt to build houses that remain empty afterwards.

Save the Badgers 

While other countries live with large animals like wolves and bears it seems that we in the UK have trouble tolerating animals like foxes and badgers.

The government is starting a trial cull of badgers, instead of vaccinating them against TB, which badgers might be passing on to cattle or vice versa. Apparently it would be too expensive or difficult to vaccinate the badgers.

Create Jobs Growth more in Greeth than Greyth

It seems that the government is showing a lack of originality or innovation in its economic recovery plans, just resorting to building, not knowing whether its needed or not. They will destroy some of the British landscape in the process, both by building on it and resourcing the production materials.

SESENA, SPAIN - JULY 06:  A row of houses stan...
SESENA, SPAIN – JULY 06: A row of houses stand partially complete on July 6, 2012 in Sesena, Spain. Sesena’s extensive building projects, 35 km south of Madrid, were initially intended to house 30,000 people and triple the population of the town, however most apartments still remain empty.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

We do applaud more environmentally-friendly building materials such as those used to build the Olympic park, and hope that building workers find enough work in non-green belt areas.

However, we think that the government should be more innovative with their policy for British growth; thinking greeth not greyth; and create jobs in saving life and the environment, rather than killing it off without knowing if it will have any real benefit to the population and country.

 

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