InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - “I believe that trees are the answers to answer the questions about our future”.
These are about questions, such as, how could we develop the sustainable economy in the renewable things and fuel? How could we improve the ability to read, and sanitation in the developing countries while recovering the forest damages and animals in the same time? How could we reduce the green-house gas emission to the atmosphere, especially CO2?
How could we increase the areas that will support the conservation? How could we help to prevent erosion and provide water and fresh air? How could we make this world more beautiful and greener? The answer is by planting more trees and using more wood, bot to substitute fossil fuel which cannot be renewable and the materials, such as, steel, concrete, plastic, and the papers to print, packaging, and sanitation.
Forestry industries are the victim of a massive crime to damage the environment. These industries are guilty for the damage of thousands species, massive forest damage on the earth, and the total ecosystem damage that cannot be recovered. If I were one of the people in the city, I would think that the forestry industries are the causes of environmental damages that cannot be recovered, I would not care about how many employments or the people depend on forest. I would be against the industries.
I have spent the last 15 years to try to understand the connection between the forest and the environment, separate the facts and the fictions, myths and reality. Since 1991, I was the Sustainable Forestry Committee from British Columbia. It gave me ideal opportunity to learn every aspect of the issues. The presentation was the synthesis from what I learned. But for the first time, allow me to introduce my background.
I was born and grew up in a fishing village and forest cut in the winter port in the outside west-north of Vancouver Island, in the pacific rain forest. I did not realize that my childhood was the good time, played with the waves of the river where the salmon fish laid eggs in the rain forest surrounding until I moved to the boarding school in Vancouver at 14 years old. Then I went to British Columbia University lo learn about life: biology, forestry, genetic; but when I found ecology, what I realized was that the science gave perspective about the mystery of rain forest that I knew in my childhood.
I became one man who concerns about the re-born environment and in the end of 1960s, I became radical environmental activist. I found myself in the base of a church in Vancouver together with those who got the same perspective with me, planned a campaign to protest the hydrogen bomb test of America in Alaska. We proved that one activist group from the poor people could sail in an old and leak ship, crossed the North Pacific sea and changed the history. By focusing to be against the test, we made the news nationally and helped to make opposition to the nuclear test in America and Canada. When the bomb was vanished in November 1971, it was the last hydrogen bomb explosion in the earth. Though there were 4 plans to bomb test in the series, President Nixon cancelled it because the people were against it. This was the time to make Greenpeace.
Encouraged by the victory and the knowing that we could make change by taking and doing something, we were welcome to the long house of The Kakiutl in Alert bay near the northern side of Vancouver. We were taken as brothers by the tribe because they believed to what we did. It started the tradition of Warriors of the Rainbow after the Legend Cree that predicted that one day when the sky were black and the birds fell down to the earth and died and the rivers were poisoned, the people from many tribes, colour and belief would join together to make the warriors of the rainbow to save the earth from the environmental damages. We called our ship ‘Rainbow Warrior and I spent 15 years in the front line of the environmental movement as same as the changing of our movement from the base of the church to be the biggest environmental organization in the world. Then we dealt with the atmosphere nuclear test of French in South Pacific. They proved a little bit difficult from the American atomic energy administration. But after some years doing campaign and protest that killed some of us, they were controlled underground and the stopped the test in a whole.
In 1975 we prepared the sail to North Pacific to be against the ships fishing whale, the Soviet Union ship that killed Californian whale. We put ourselves right in front of the whale spear in the small rubber boat and broadcasted evening news in Walter Cronkite. It made Greenpeace in the map. In 1979 The International Whale Commission stopped the company to fish the whale in North Pacific and should stop every activity in the sea.
In 1978 I was arrested in New Founded Land because I sat on a seadog, tried to protect it from the hunter. I was sentenced based on the dog protection laws that I did the illegal things. In 1984 the skin of the seadog has been forbidden to be sold in Europe and effective ends the massacre. (This article is adapted and translated from the article of Patric Moor Phd., - Activist, Industrial Consultant, and the Former President of Greenpeace Canada- “Trees Are The Answer”)