Killing the Ancient Redwoods

This tree was, at the very least, hundreds of years old when it was felled. It’s very possible that it was over a thousand years old – which would only make it a middle-aged Redwood.

The oldest redwoods in Northern California have been standing since before the United States was even a thought in our European ancestors heads. These ancients have been standing since before the peak of the ancient Roman empire. They have been standing since well before the birth of Jesus Christ. Redwoods have been around for more than 20 million years, and the oldest living individuals can be more than 3,000 years old!

And in the last 200 years, we have cut down all but 5% of these magnificent, ancient trees.

To put that on a human scale – it would be the equivalent of every person on the planet, except a population the size of the United States, dying. In less than a single decade.

But somehow, that thought doesn’t seem so shocking. Look at what we’re doing to our planet! Look at the vast amount of destruction we’ve caused, the countless species that are extinct today because of us. Scientists and experts across the entire world are begging us to open our eyes and make a change before it’s too late. Some think that it might already be too late.

And now, Donald Trump is seriously jeopardizing the future of not only this country, but the entire planet and all the people on it.

He’s pulling out of the Paris Agreement. This has to be a joke!

But I’ve been saying that since he was elected. This has to be a joke.

Last night, in an apartment in Amsterdam, I was talking with an Englishman. His words about Donald Trump were so vulgar that I won’t even post them here – but I couldn’t help laughing when I heard them. Because his reaction is typical! I’ve been in Europe for over a month now, and have not met a single person who has praised Trump. Not even one! I certainly don’t, either.

The United States is becoming the laughing stock of the entire world. And what are we doing about it? We’re sitting idly by and watching it happen.

It makes me so sad, and so angry, to see my homeland in this terrible mess. And I know I’m not the only one. I know that so many of my fellow Americans are just as upset over it as I am.

But what are we doing about it? What are you doing about it?

If you’re not doing anything, please, do something. And if you are doing something – thank you. Please do more, and encourage others to do more. No action is too drastic – every voice and every effort to make a positive change matters. Mine, and yours, too.

Show the world that you won’t stand by and do nothing.

Do something, before it’s too late to do anything.


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