Just another hotel. We have a few already in Los Angeles, but yesterday, the County Board of Supervisors voted to build yet another hotel.
This time, they are building it in one of the few remaining wetlands in this county; the one with the easiest access to city schools for field trips to a truly natural environment. Ballona Wetlands is a small parcel, but because of it's unique position with a freshwater marshland up against a saline marshland, it is home to an astonishing diversity of wildlife that is the pleasure of so many Angelenos in our concreted city (and county).
The fight will go to the courts, and now Ballona Institute has an appeal for money to bring the fight to the courts. So often we are led by newpapers and other news sources to see these as fights of one endangered species against human activity and who needs the 'black livered whosamawatchacallit' anyway? That's a false dichotomy which divides humans and obfuscates the reality of our choices. But it's not a valid argument. It is not 'us against them.' It is us against ourselves to find a better way to do things, a better place to build things, a better world for all inhabitants.
Our nation and our state have passed laws that recognize the health of our planet is wholly dependent upon diversity and the inclusion of all species in our world to maintain the processes of the planet. Wetlands, especially coastal wetlands like Ballona, are homes for an amazing number of species that depend on this unique environment. In fact, while wetlands account for a very small portion of the earth's ecosystem acreage, they account for the miraculous number of species that survive there.
|Here's a photo of a portion of the Marina Marsh & Meadow, |
part of the historical Ballona Wetlands.
Feeding grounds for Herons, Egrets and Songbirds.