As the current legislative session in Harrisburg winds down, it is time for the citizens of Pittsburgh to demand that their representatives act to protect Pennsylvania's most valuable assets -- its beautiful forests and open spaces.
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is losing its land at an alarming rate as urban sprawl continues to raze our natural areas. The city's ongoing over-development exacerbates traffic congestion, thereby rapidly worsening our air and water quality. According to PennEnvironment, Pittsburgh's air quality ranks fourth worst in the nation. Protecting our open spaces will help mitigate the atrocious health effects caused by this pollution.
Because the Legislature is about to break for July 4, we must demand that our representatives pass legislation protecting these open spaces as soon as possible. I encourage everyone to exercise his fundamental rights as an American by contacting Pennsylvania's legislators. By doing so, we can ensure that we decide how we use the land rather than shortsighted developers.
Meghan Orie Allison Park