On May 13 after 12:30 p.m., I was walking on campus towards McGill Hall.
In front of McGill Hall, across the beautiful open area where the beautiful tall trees stand, were two magnificent incense cedar trees. I say were, because at that very moment as I was walking peacefully, unconscious people were in the process of tearing them down. The University of Montana has been cutting down lots of these magnificent trees over the last three or more years. Why? More buildings? More money?
The majority of people in the world today are environmentally aware. We care about nature, we care about Mother Earth. We do what we can, no matter how small our efforts are, to take care of this beautiful planet we all share for all of the generations that come after us.
The actions of these people tearing down those two magnificent trees is only a symptom in the process of forgetting their connection and dependence on the earth for sustaining all life, including theirs.
They have forgotten their connection to the planet. They have forgotten their connection to all that is sacred.
They chose to do this action after finals week and after the graduation commencement ceremonies, when there were much fewer people on campus to witness their crimes against humanity. However, I witnessed it. I wasn't the only one. There was a class meeting outside in the open area nearby. They witnessed it also. I was distraught and angry. After all, we all live in this beautiful garden together. What about the birds and bees and squirrels who depended on these trees? Who will speak for them? When are people going to wake up to their own destruction? When is enough, enough?
Nan Cohen, Missoula