LETTER: to logging industry workers and professionals

From reader Aila Goldynfyre

You may know me now as a “blockader” against clear cut logging. I want you to know that my cause is not against you, personally; I am not bullying you. I am blockading exploitative industrial activities because I care about Earth and our future generations.

How can we cooperate together to create a sustainable healthy future for ourselves and our children? I believe we share common ground.

I believe we all want clean air, water and soil, an abundance of fish and wildlife, beautiful forests, and long term livelihoods where we can feel proud of how our skills contribute to a better world and we feel valued by others.

I see how hard you work to feed your families and provide them with a comfortable life, and I know you care deeply about their well- being and also the well-being of Earth and all people.

So I ask you, how can we work together to make things better for you, for me, for all beings, for Earth?

I have an idea.

What if collectively, we all stood up peacefully and simply said “No” to corporate industrial activities which cause harm to forests, water, wildlife, communities and Earth? What if we chose to simply not participate in the systems which are corrupt?

What if we were to give up short-term gratifications and realign ourselves around values which support long-term resiliency?

What if, instead, we chose to live by our own values and invested our precious energy only in activities that bring health, peace, true happiness and connection with others?

Imagine if we all went on strike together against the corrupt systems which are harming us? Just imagine how powerful a movement that would be; many ripples form an unstoppable wave!

Please consider joining me to say “No” to harmful forestry activities and to the exploitative corporations which seek only short-term profits at our loss; and in doing so, creating change. Let’s restore management of forests to the public — to our Kootenay communities.

Please, let us be guided by Vision, Wisdom and Guardianship.

We all share a mutual contract with Earth to live in balance with, and respect and gratitude for all we are provided with by nature.

Aila Goldynfyre


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