Recorder letters: Back to simplicity,Brexit, Armed Forces Day and fire hydrants

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 July 2018

How long before action is taken on aircraft pollution? Picture: PA

How long before action is taken on aircraft pollution? Picture: PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

We must return to a simpler life

Paul Donovan, Dangan Road, Wanstead, writes:

The move by London mayor Sadiq Khan to extend the low emissions zones out across the capital must be welcomed. It is the type of radical measure needed if the pollution epidemic, as well as climate change, are to be addressed.

The regret must be that whilst there do seem to be very real efforts being made to address the problems caused by motor vehicles, the same cannot be said for aircraft.

Above our heads, the skies simply fill with ever more planes. The City Airport capacity has expanded, with Heathrow on the verge of building another runway.

The old predict and provide policies of the road builders that have proved so damaging on the ground, now appear to be replicated in the skies. How much longer before action is taken on aircraft pollution?

One of the most striking things about many environmental challenges is that so many seem to demand back to the future solutions. Things have been done in the name of progress, which in the end are making people less healthy and putting the future of the planet at stake.

So 25 years ago most children walked to school. Today, many go to school in motor vehicles, increasing pollution and contributing to the obesity epidemic amongst children.

It is good to see schemes to get kids and parents out of their cars and walking to school but why did we go down the driving route in the first place?

The expansion of air travel is also a relatively recent development. Thirty years ago, there were not the planes in the air there are today. Are all of those journeys really necessary?

Many regard it as some sort of human right to have a number of holidays overseas every year. But if the choice is a holiday or the ability to feed ourselves and save the planet surely that is a no brainer.

The real challenge is to accept that blundering on in this consumerist style, wasting more and more of the world resources, is not the way to go. To some extent we need to pull back and start living a bit more simply, accepting that maybe not everything that has been done on the altar of producing more profit for a few people is good for everyone.

The recent campaigns to cut the use of plastic marks a dramatic change. There is a recognition that the world simply cannot go on poisoning itself, producing plastic and throwing it away.

Less plastic must be produced, simply recycling it won’t solve the already huge problems the world has to face. If plastic is genuinely removed from much of daily life, it will mean a different world – maybe simpler but certainly a more sustainable one.

It is the sort of questions being thrown up by the plastics revolution that need to be extended to other destructive practices in the way we live. It is a change of mindset to a way of living that is simpler and less devastating to the planet, This will mean developing less destructive consumerist ways of living.

If humanity is to survive the present challenges, people need to act collectively for the common good. A common good that can only be achieved by living in a simpler way with more concern for each other.

We all have to be involved in Brexit

Will Podmore, Clavering Road, Wanstead, writes:

Brexit is not politics as usual. It is the most important political issue since the Civil War in the 17th century. At its heart is the question of whether Britain will exist as an independent nation.

People have assumed that all they need to do is elect their representatives, and then they can then sit back while those representatives do the business. To take control, we all have to be involved.

Armed Forces Day is very important

Barbara White, full address supplied, writes:

I wasn’t able to attend the Armed Forces Day (AFD) in Redbridge this year but I was saddened to read the letter by Standard Bearer John Bowers (Recorder letters, last week).

I believe that AFD is a very important day for more than one reason. We should honour our service personnel and in particular our veterans. Let’s show them how much they are valued while they are still alive.

Many of today’s young people don’t seem to have a lot of respect for people older than themselves. They don’t appear to appreciate what others have done before them. AFD is something that shows them and helps them to understand more about life.

Speaking of young people, what about our wonderful cadets. We should be making them visible to all as a fine example of the youth in Redbridge.

You never know but some young people might be encouraged to join them instead of joining a gang or getting into mischief on the streets.

This year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Who can forget that wonderful flypast?

It would have been great to have seen 4F Ilford Squadron RAF Cadets and 241 Wanstead and Woodford RAF Cadets marching with other representatives.

We should be proud and encourage our youth but never forget the veterans who we owe so much.

Get fire hydrants working now!

David Simpson, Harpenden Road, Wanstead, writing to John Cryer MP, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Theresa May:

I have lived at my address for 44 years and I love the area. Today I witnessed the worst fire I have ever seen on the Wanstead Flats.

Firstly I wish to praise the work carried out by the fire brigade and the police.

However I was shocked to hear from another local resident that the fire hydrant at Brading Crescent was not working.

When the fire appeared to have been subdued I spoke with two of the firefighters about the accuracy of this. They neither confirmed nor denied it...BUT... they did say that quite often “Fire hydrants are NOT working”.

Now, as far as I am concerned (and believe you me I am VERY concerned – living only 100 paces from the junction with Aldersbrook Road where there is a petrol station) I do not give a flying fig about Brexit nor about a visit from Donald Trump.... I DO care about my safety in my home (and everyone else’s).

As someone who, one way or another, contributes to your huge salary and expenses etc I am DEMANDING that this situation be addressed IMMEDIATELY.

I await your reply. I am furious...!!!

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