The current climate crisis needs all hands on deck. Reversing global warming in the next five years means we cannot continue business as usual.
The Wendell State Forest Alliance is an exemplar of what we could be! I
Awesome assembly of close encounter footage.
This is an example of citizens journalism. The close encounter and arrest images were taken by members of WSFA. Everyone with a cell phone can contribute to telling the stories that need to be told. We can not rely on corporate media. We must take cameras into our own hands and document injustice and greed to show it for what it is! "Shine a light on the darkness" Daniel C
Clearcutting the Future
“No man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.” ~George Bernard Shaw
Most foresters, almost all loggers and even some wildlife biologists are still signing on to dated notions of destructive “management” of our woodlands. Some of that logging is today called by such euphemisms as “patch cuts” or “shelterwood cuts” but all that is just a fabrication for smaller clearcuts patched together. If you have ever in your life walked such scenes of devastation you know in your gut, in your heart, something is terribly wrong. Others not so moved may ask why should we care? Ask any ecologist or biologist who is up to speed on the most recent studies on forests and climate change: we need all the carbon sequestration our woodlands and neighborhoods can offer.
Trees offset approximately 25 to 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon (they also remove other gaseous pollutants through the leaf surface by absorbing them with normal air components). Trees, soil, life forms in the soils and perennials must be left undisturbed in order to do their important work. Preserving trees, no matter where they grow, and protecting the soil that sustains them is one of the few things everyday people can do personally to try and mitigate climate chaos. All the other options for carbon sequestration are pretty much out of our hands as individuals.
The Climate Crisis is upon us and outmoded notions about anything other than removing trees that are life threatening or needed to heat the homes of those who can’t afford expensive options, need to be reexamined. The science is out there but so are far too many uninformed people laboring under the misconception that times have not changed. They have. We live in the opening days of climate chaos. We are the cause, but we can also be part of the response. All we have to do is do it.
You're doing the work for all of us! Thank you!
Thank you all so much for your tireless time and effort to protect these trees.
My heart breaks for your forest....our forest. God bless you all for fighting for the trees. Dan and Marilyn thank you. We will never give up!
Thanks Robbie, I got a call from Jim Thornley, the guy who came to our protest in Holbrook all the way from Wendell. He was so sad...Said they trashed the forest and went straight for the money trees. 100 year oaks in the prime of life, Just starting to sequester large amounts of carbon. I too am heart broken.
To show respect for ourselves, and gratitude for the whole beautiful life system, so selflessly generous, I think we've got to rapidly adapt our daily lives to super-challenging realities, beyond current progressive values. Like the unthinkable one that our (largely inherited) choices for what we thought was basic comfort, security and "rights" have helped take all species off the rails of Earth-life. What can guide us back on now, I believe, is communal participation in the Earth-life system – that even more than stewardship of it. I.e., imitating as communities the vulnerability that's common to all other forms of life. Unthinkable, politically impossible, perhaps. But at this point especially, I believe, true. Glad to talk: email@example.com
Thank you all for such wise and thoughtful comments. All of you make us feel restored faith in humanity!
I wonder if I could post this vid on my new web site?
https://eawakening.wistia.com/medias/p6gjqjqy3d. Here is the link. The video is also downloadable. Just click on arrow icon on the bottom right and it will have a download option along with share option. Please spread the word.