Letter to the Editor: Leaf blowers harm local environment

Some community members have sought a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, citing noise and environmental concerns. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2016)

The sequel to Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is due out this summer. While everyone is concerned worldwide with climate change and global warming, I feel that environmentalism starts at home.

With this lovely spring weather I’ve had windows opened and have been out walking, only to be greeted daily with the noise of leaf blowers and breathing what they blow. I do not object to the use of leaf blowers in the fall or even for spring cleanup, but I cannot understand their use in the summer.

The other day I saw a landscaper aiming his leaf blower into a flower bed at full blast. We care about the endangerment of our large species of animals, but what about the environments we are destroying for our small creatures.

Has anyone else noticed that there are not as many bees, ladybugs or praying mantises around anymore?

I think it is a waste of gasoline to use a leaf blower to chase down a few leaves or remove a few grass clippings from the sidewalk. It also creates unnecessary noise.

This summer when school is out, I would like to suggest that we encourage our gardeners to practice organic landscaping. Stray leaves and grass clippings can be swept or raked into flowerbeds or lawns to nurture the soil. The inconvenient truth is that environmentalism should start with us and things that are within our control.

Denise Paolella, The Palisades