In a hundred years from now, our grandchildren’s grandchildren will have inherited whatever truly accessible wild wilderness areas that the decisions we make today will have allowed them to have.

Sears Island, Searsport, Maine, is one such site. It is likely, if decisions made today do not value this undefiled and unique location, that in the near future, it will be covered in multiple deep sea ports, noisy industrial machinery and petroleum storage tanks, that store not only petroleum, but other “hazmat” materials. The staging grounds proposed today to assemble offshore windmills will be long gone, after just one overdue hurricane smashes those windmills to smithereens. Once DOT gets its industrial foothold on Sears Island, it will become like a slow-moving blob that consumes the city. To “do nothing” is a decision, and it can greatly affect the fate of Sears Island.

There is a reason why some of the largest insurance companies in the nation, such as State Farm and USAA, will not provide homeowners along the coast of Maine hurricane insurance. They pay highly educated analysts millions of dollars to do risk assessments for this type of cataclysmic event. It will be our great-grandchildren that will get stuck holding the bag for our mistakes, as many of these projects are  subsidized by the government.

Let us honor the reverence the Wabanaki also have for this island. They inhabited this island for hundreds of years, and it is also very likely a hallowed burial ground.

Bonnie Ewald