On this Earth Day April 22nd let us celebrate Canada’s spectacular natural beauty, where we in Vancouver live and across this great land, and together promote dialogue and actions to create a truly sustainable society. “The Holy Land is everywhere” Nicholas Black Elk
Conservation of healthy land, water, air and atmosphere is our sacred responsibility. “We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.” Stephen Jay Gould
We who care about well being and opportunities for our children and the generations to follow recognize we must at times sacrifice short term consumption for long term benefit. “The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” US President Theodore Roosevelt
This moral imperative―and equally importantly this survival imperative―compels us to support those who call for conservation of the resources humanity depends upon. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Today we collectively risk doing irreversible damage to the balance of the earth systems that sustain us: productive soils and forests, abundant clean water to drink, healthy oceans, stable climate, and nature’s diversity. “Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.” Dalai Lama XIV
Earth Day reminds us of the great task before us to rise to this urgent challenge and reverse harmful trends. We know well how to compete to find advantage; let us harness human intelligence and cooperate to find solutions. As individuals, and as humanity, let us not betray the children.“Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy- these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one’s special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: compassion.” Carl Safina
Photo of Joyce Murray and her husband Dirk Brinkman. Joyce has personally planted over half a million trees.
Almost twenty years ago, while building the international reforestation company that she co-founded, Joyce wrote an Executive MBA thesis titled “Global Warming: Policy Analysis and Proposal for a Carbon Sink Silviculture Program”.
Serving as BC’s Environment Minister from 2001 to 2004, Joyce laid the foundation for the BC government’s leadership on climate action, using her climate research as a basis and inspiration.