A word to the Yukon Party

Those kids protesting at the legislature about the Peel River country have some of us thinking: "What a divided house the Yukon has become!" Maybe we have enough mining going on for now.

Those kids protesting at the legislature about the Peel River country have some of us thinking: “What a divided house the Yukon has become!”

Maybe we have enough mining going on for now. We all seem to be very busy at the moment. We ought to bank something for the future – and it may not be in metals and minerals.

So how about this, you fellows?

Legislate a 50-year moratorium on any economic activity in the Peel Basin. That would mean keeping out mining companies, prospectors, hunters and wilderness tour guides. Anyone else on their own steam could go there and get lost or come back with giggly bytes of digital photos.

When the moratorium is over and those admirable youngsters with their protest signs are all my age or more, they can take the issue to another vote.

By that time everyone here will be either environmentalists or treasure hunters and the question of what to do about the Peel will answer itself.

Sam Holloway

Ross River