Why has Dartmouth allowed its land to succumb to controlled environmental destruction? Even more distressing, is that there seems to be no outward response from the younger generation regarding this ongoing environmental cancer. 

Every day one sees large swaths of grasslands and farmlands being replaced by concrete and buildings. These newly created structures burden the environment with emissions and parking lots. It is the trees and grasslands that convert the greenhouse gases back to oxygen, and other essential compounds, while cooling the surrounding air. Instead, this ongoing development inhibits this process. 

Locally, seasonal temperatures are being affected by the spread of concrete and tar, yet no one seems to care, least of all, those who stand to profit. The highways have become the killing fields for the decreasing fauna. Almost regularly, the bloodied remains of animals, which have been struck and dragged by cars, serve as a tragic reminder of the selfishness and greed that contributes to this ecological curse. 

Dartmouth is just another tragic example of how materialism, in the form of financial gain, overrides a moral responsibility to the environment. And once again, the children of this generation, and those that shall follow, will have to deal with the consequences of this shameful abuse of their land. 

Phillip Baroody

New Bedford