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Engineers are environmentalists


Would NCE please refrain from describing anti-road pressure groups as 'environmentalists' (NCE 29 June). The term infers that anybody who cares about the environment should be antiroad.

However, the reality is that a safer living environment is often created by the careful design of new roads, particularly where communities are bypassed. Emissions too may be reduced by lower congestion and even biodiversity can be improved.

The continued use of the term 'environmentalist' to describe people who are opposed to engineering projects is very damaging to the need for engineering to be recognised as playing an important role in both protecting the environment and fulfilling the aspirations of today's society.

Anthony Weight (AM), Cornwall County Council, Transportation Client Group, Transportation and Estates Department, County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY

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