Campaign Update

Magic Everywhere

Martha
Posted January 30, 2017 from Colombia

I believe there is hope, and faith, and truth, and love everywhere. When you have that, life is a Pandora’s Box full of magic.

For me, my work protecting the forest is the closest thing to magic. It is also beyond challenging. That word, beyond, is my favorite word in English, because it is so vast. Protecting forests is hard, but it is important.It is important because the forest will protect all species. It will protect you. It will protect me. It will protect all of us.

Trees. It’s such a small word for something with so much meaning! They are so big. They are so powerful.

Yesterday, I climbed a huge tree. From the top, I could see the whole ocean—as if it were mine alone. And for an instant, it was. But then, during the night, I saw there had been a dangerous snake very close to my sitting place. I saw her eyes. She saw my eyes. I thanked God it had not been my time.

I think of the snake—a species who would kill to protect those trees. They would kill even those who are also trying to protect the trees. How strange and paradoxical. But that’s life.

Protecting the rainforest is challenging in my country. There are armed groups near to where I have my project. That day, in the tree, I had trusted that the paramilitares would not find their way to me. And they did not. Not that day. I was lucky. Magic.

My country faces many other challenges: Capitalism, drugs, education, corruption, ignorance. But we are trying. I talk to many women and families to find out how they are going about protecting the forests. There are many ways, all of them valid.

We are protecting our trees, but there are forces who are committed to destroying them. Even as I write this, motosierras cut our trees in half. And I know tonight the forest will be sad. Tonight, the frog will not sing but cry. Tonight, I will not dance but cry. That tree will not breath but die.

I have done many things to help protect our forests—at an unbelievable speed. But it is not speed enough to keep the chainsaws from felling the rainforest around me. There are 40 men with motosierras around these trees right now. So close.

Those trees are my air. They are my water. They are your air and your water. We must not continue believing that this rainforest is far from where you are—whether you are in Portland, Oregon or Colombia, these trees are important.

If we don’t act, reality will slam us in the face, showing us that we were blind to not see how connected we are.

I speak to protect my beautiful community, our beautiful forests. I hear the chainsaws, and I know we have work ahead of us. Protecting forests and increasing the number of hectares of trees on this earth is a matter of life and death; it is the matter of the a lifetime.

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Thanks for sharing my dear sister . Its true that if we dont protect our forests and trees, we are the losers. In uganda many forests have been encroached on and destroyed and for almost a whole year we have suffered from drought. We need to stand up against the cutting and destruction of our trees and forests. 

Stay blessed my dear sister and the struggle continues. 

Martha
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Thanks Anita, for writing me and encouraging me...i feel there isnone planet, my planet, no boundaries...same trees, same people...love

JaniceW
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Your writing is so poetic. You are nurturing and sheltering the seeds of our future, protecting them as they have no voice of their own. 

I read that in the Guardian that "every year about 18m hectares of forest – an area the size of England and Wales – is felled. In just 40 years, possibly 1bn hectares, the equivalent of Europe, has gone. Half the world’s rainforests have been razed in a century, and the latest satellite analysis shows that in the last 15 years new hotspots have emerged from Cambodia to Liberia. At current rates, they will vanish altogether in 100 years."

A new UN-backed mechanism called Redd (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) has been initiated that involves rich countries paying countries to protect forests and the carbon stored within them. A further fund is intended to benefit indigenous and other forest communities which have been the traditional protectors of the forest.

I hope that you will see the day when such funds come to the hands of those protectors, such as yourself, and that they will come in time to reverse the damage we have already done. 

 

 

Martha
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Janice, this is our problem...lets start a global movement...there are no rich or poor countries...we have just one planet with no trees and our rainforest are dissapearing...

so...what can we do?

JaniceW
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

I think your website will be a great first step and then we need to ensure people know about it through a strong communications plan. I'll email you with additional thoughts. xx

Martha
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 01, 2017

Working hard...beyond

Virginia Bernadette
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

I am firmly behind you and your efforts to protect your environment....keep it up!

Clodine Mbuli Shei
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Thanks for sharing dear, i was almost carried away with your poetic language. but the message is clear. We need to protect our environment.

Martha
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Thanks and thanks

K-RAN
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Martha;  Your passion and courage shouts to the world.  You have a voice that will be heard.  My support is with you! 

Martha
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 01, 2017

Kran, thanks...thanks for your support....indeed my courage and passion comes from those trees which I consider my friends and my life....as I depend on them to breath...

Love

Kat Haber
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Go Martha! We all much to celebrate when we take good care of our ecosystems, wherever we find ourselves planted.

Martha
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 01, 2017

Kat, How good to read you. I am planted in this planet which I love the most...trees are home of species and we need to really protect them...where ever they are.

Love

Carol Sunborn
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Dear Martha,

With what is happening in my country I am so distracted from the enviornment, from nature, from my succor. Your words bring me back to what is important for the earth for the stability of all of us on earth. I will continue  to fight for conservation. I support you and let me know if there is something particular you want me to do? Can I write letters? can I put links on my FB page?  Sending much affection to you

Martha
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 01, 2017

Carol, what happens in your country is much bigger than any forest. Because those depends on what happens in your country, so do not focus. Stay tuned to that because we need you...we need people who could be focus in those part of the planet as everything is likely decided there...sadly. We all depend on that. Unfair. But it is reality.

Love

Martha

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 03, 2017
Feb 03, 2017

Dear Martha,

Your message of the importance of trees is a balm to my spirit, and a powerful reminder that whatever else we do, protecting the forests must be part. Trees offer us such vital energy, not only for the oxygen they send us to breathe but for so many complex gifts, including the messages and love they share when we listen closely to them. And yes, magic. I also deeply love trees, and often lean against them feeling their strength, put my ear to their trunks, wrap my arms around them in joy that they are there. I was recently given a book, "The Hidden Life of Trees, What They Feel, How They Communicate". I wish I could sit under a tree with you and hand you a copy. In the north of Canada there are now thin lines of trees against the highway, clear cut behind. We have a strong environmental movement here and we are thinking globally. I tell others about you and they are profoundly heartened. We are constantly pushed to the side by big business and by governments who have vested interest in status quo, but we are growing stronger and will not stop. Knowing that we are not alone strengthens us as I hope this note will offer you.

With deep respect and love,

Tam

Sophia Atadana
Feb 10, 2017
Feb 10, 2017

Thanks for sharing and the great work you are doing. It is very important we protect our trees for when the last tree die, the the last man dies

ngozimoguguah
Feb 10, 2017
Feb 10, 2017

Dear Martha,

You are a source of inspiration to me. When I remember your passion, I become highly energised. Thank you for sharing your awesome work with us. Keep it up.

Ngozi