I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.
When you think of all the conflicts we have - whether those conflicts are local, whether they are regional or global - these conflicts are often over the management, the distribution of resources. If these resources are very valuable, if these resources are scarce, if these resources are degraded, there is going to be competition.
Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.
When resources are degraded, we start competing for them, whether it is at the local level in Kenya, where we had tribal clashes over land and water, or at the global level, where we are fighting over water, oil, and minerals. So one way to promote peace is to promote sustainable management and equitable distribution of resources.
Quintus Tullius Cicero