With chainsaws and their bulldozers strike-
To take away this ancient life.
Thousands of years these trees doth stand-
They’ve seen the ancient native lands.
Seedlings they were, upon the birth-
Of the one called Jesus on this Earth.
Remove these ancients, and find with pain-
That much good will dissolve, even the rain.
Many plants will die. Many animals will die. Many streams will die.
Saving Headwaters Forest
Saving Headwaters Forest was a long-fought and partially-successful struggle to protect 2000 year old redwood trees in Northern California. This environmentalist versus corporate-logging battleground at the end of the last century resulted in permanently preserving 3,088 acres in some of the last remaining ancient forests in the area.
On site action dedicated to environmental protection has shown what a small group can accomplish when working together. Groups such as Earth First, and individuals such as Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney, and the famed tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill, are examples of taking a strong stand against ecological destruction at the local level. Redwood forests are dynamic and much work is still needed to protect the ancients, but thanks to the efforts of the early environmental pioneers awareness for the redwoods has grown. Read more at the Save the Redwoods League.
Remember to pause during crisis, especially if you’re feeling flooded with emotion or exhausted, and reflect on your successes. Reflect on what you are grateful for, maybe vision yourself sitting at the base of a great tree. Then take a deep breath and get back to work. There is much to do and little time to do it in. Do your part in your corner of the world for the sake of nature, for which humans are an intrinsic part.
Take a moment to fill yourself with gratitude for what we have accomplished, providing you further strength and resolve for the journey ahead.