Monday, June 17, 2013
Kids, this summer is the 20th anniversary of the blockades of '93, at which first a handful, then hundreds, then thousands of passionate earth protectors gathered to block the logging trucks on the Kennedy River bridge early every morning, protesting the clearcutting of Clayoquot Sound. I was there, and as I watch Bob Bossin's stirring video Sulphur Passage, produced by Nettie Wild, and see the faces of my friends, I get chills and the tears rise, just as they did those early mornings on the road.
932 were arrested, in the greatest act of civil disobedience in BC history. It had an effect - the Sound was declared a biosphere reserve and many trees were saved. Though, as everywhere on this planet, it is a constant struggle trying to preserve and protect against big money interests.
Many many people now come to visit this beautiful place, which gained international interest - and some high profile spokespeople - during the passionate summer of 1993.