A Road Trip To Remember

Published 09 07, 2012 – 12:00 AM Posted by: the bananapaper guy

Recently I took a road trip up to Oregon with my family to enjoy the outdoors and visit some of the oldest and biggest tree’s of the western coast. I enjoyed visiting with my family and sharing knowledge about the trees such as the type of tree it’s age and the breathtaking feelings that come to me when I am amongst these giant ancient forests.

Many of which are over a thousand years old and have managed to survive thoughtless deforestation! Along with all of the spectacular rivers, mountains, wildlife and scenery I did sight a few tell tale signs of man’s greed impacting our Earth.

One thing I noticed from my recent trip was a decreased amount of lumber mills from similar trips that started in 1990.   We are lead to believe that lumber mills are closing down due to environmental concerns. Which would lead us to think that we are not continuing the destruction of forests in our country and managing our natural resources better.

However this is not the case! What I did see and have photographed large ocean freighters being loaded with our lumber and shipped off to China, which then is shipped back to us.   The disturbing part is that we have increased logging and are doing less manufacturing of wood products here in the USA. Which means that fewer jobs domestically and more waste, increased carbons and natural resources being used inefficiently.

There is no logical reason why paper should come from trees for any use at all. I understand industry although I wish that it was more responsible and practiced more methods of being sustainable. If I could have it my way we would not cut trees at all but I have to be realistic about using wood. If we are going to cut trees at all it should be used for beautiful and comfortable furniture and cozy homes.

Upon my return home I was channel surfing and saw a commercial for a show called “American Loggers” as well as “Ax Men”.   Where the entire premise of the reality show was to follow around loggers while they cut and transport our forests to ports where the clear-cut trees are then shipped out to China and back to us, which you do not see in the TV series.

It’s no surprise that a good amount of what’s on television is garbage trying to sell something truly unsustainable, polluting our minds with subliminal messages about inconsequential consumerism. Just like violence has been integrated into entertainment and desensitized viewers, these shows are creating a detachment from our emotions and natural connections to our earth by putting a personality behind a chainsaw and not unique trees which should be recognized as hero’s.

The point is that we should be re-enforcing positive ideas and beliefs about taking care of our planet, not destroying it to make profit.
Yes people have to work to survive there are jobs and careers that don’t involve harming Earths natural resource’s and even possibly helping the environment.

Honestly think about the message that these types of shows are sending to not only our youth and also the rest of the world? In some places Trees are sacred and are celebrated as unique living beings that only enhance human interaction with the natural world.

As I finished this letter I thought of this quote which is my favorite poster in my office that reads: 
”When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, We Will Realize That Money Cannot be Eaten”
- Saying of the Cree Indians



Have Fun,

Greg