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Roland van Ipen­burg
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Mon­day 26 Oc­to­ber 2009 14:03

Don't push it. It's just sad to see how Die Bür­ger­initia­ti­ve has "Not In My Back Yard" writ­ten all over it and some trig­ger hap­py le­gal peo­ple are will­ing to take such a mi­nor is­sue all the way to the Euro­pean lev­el. To me it all looks very sym­bol­ic (we're talk­ing about a hun­dred trees or so) and has very lit­tle to do with the en­vi­ron­ment of peo­ple who don't own prop­er­ty next to it. Die Bür­ger­initia­ti­ve side is full of pro­pa­gan­da, while the Be­zirks side is just the nor­mal com­plex legalese be­cause it's a com­plex is­sue. Not a lot of peo­ple would un­der­stand that, but isn't that why we have de­mo­c­ra­t­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the first place? The po­lit­i­cal side prob­a­bly isn't to­tal­ly do­ing the right thing ei­ther - they let the is­sue be­come com­plex like this - but fight­ing this on an emo­tion­al and per­cep­tion­al base isn't very con­vinc­ing. Bring­ing some su­per­fi­cial num­bers re­gard­ing CO2 into it on this scale is just pa­thet­ic. And the val­ue of the Wald is most­ly ar­ti­fi­cial be­cause it just hap­pens to be on this side of the Ham­burg-Pin­neberg bor­der, so it ap­pears spe­cial in Ham­burg but just a few miles down the road there is plen­ty of trees in Pin­neberg. And since I'm not fly­ing all over the world on a reg­u­lar ba­sis I don't need to save some trees in the neigh­bor­hood to make me feel good about my­self. It also doesn't help if the peo­ple who would get to live in the Wald would have to live some­where else and then in­stead dri­ve their cars to some wood on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.


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