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LETTERS: Fighting, funding forces of nature

An eclectic collection of signs in the crowd at a 2012 anti-pipeline protest at the B.C. legislature. - File photo
An eclectic collection of signs in the crowd at a 2012 anti-pipeline protest at the B.C. legislature.
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Re: Green machine gathers here, not there, March 18 column.

How unfortunate that columnist Tom Fletcher was not invited to the environmentalists’ event in Victoria. Could it be that the organizers understand there is no point wasting time talking to a person with a closed mind?

Fletcher does not seem to realize that the environmental movement had to make a choice: become more professional or become irrelevant.

Faced with the overpowering marketing and lobbying efforts of big business – much of it funded by foreign-based corporations – how did Fletcher expect environmentalists to react?

Fletcher complains that environmentalists are focused on the Great Bear Rain Forest and other issues in B.C., while ignoring other parts of the world. Unfortunately, despite the backing of a few “wealthy charitable foundations,” environmentalists are having to fight battles on several fronts here at home just to fend off threats to the least spoiled parts of our province, and have neither the time nor the finances to act elsewhere.

It never ceases to amaze me how people like Fletcher insist on demonizing environmentalists who are simply trying to preserve this planet for future generations, while accepting the propaganda emanating from the oil industry and our federal government as gospel.

Take some time to look around the world we live in. We have so much to be thankful for in B.C., but we must not take it for granted. The environment cannot speak for itself; we must stand up and speak on its behalf.

Bill Stewart, Surrey

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Columnist Tom Fletcher need not be concerned in the absence of an invitation to the “green machine’s” selective Victoria briefings. These smug, righteous individuals can’t grasp the existence of a skeptical, questioning journalist. They’ve seen only the credulous, adoring toadies masquerading as today’s press.

Every human being harbours authoritarian tendencies. Most of us – raised in the Western socio-political framework that evolved from Hellenic and Hebraic origins – manage to control these dictatorial impulses.

However, some monied individuals and groups indulge their worst instincts to purchase influence and power over politicians, the media and the duped public.

It’s nothing but top-down manipulation in the name of environmentalism.

Keep up the good work, Tom. There are many who share your views.  Most, however, are too busy working to support themselves and the slackers who sit in on endless “green” meetings before renting themselves out as professional protesters.

Francis Patrick Jordan, White Rock



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