Another woodland gone!

Dear Mayor and London City Council:

As your former Poet Laureate for two years, I took great pride in speaking to and sometimes for our beautiful Forest City.  But London must not become a Forest City in name alone. As an activist, I continue to speak out for
the arts and for our precious environment/heritage.

*Metro* chose an article about trying to preserve the Penequity woodland through poetry as their story of the year, running Canada-wide this week.  So the eyes of the land were on London, if only on Boxing Day:
Pick of the Year.
“How London poet Penn Kemp’s words tried to save trees
The idea of using poetry to win hearts and minds was irresistible. There were bigger stories in news value, but the sheer idealism involved in thisone made it the story of the year for me.”

Mike Donachie, *Metro*, London, December 26, 2013.

I hope and trust you will continue to preserve our unique Carolinian forest/environment here in Souwesto. Not only are such integral ecosystems the lungs of the planet, but they are important to our local communities who require their beauty as places of refuge and renewal.   Once gone, they can never be replaced in their full majesty.  Please work toward sustainability of our natural heritage.

Thursday, January-02-14Poem 2013 Chinese Year of the Snake

One thought on “Another woodland gone!

  1. Penn says:

    Letter by Susan McCaslin

    Dear City Councillors of London:

    My friend and highly respected fellow poet Penn Kemp, former Poet Laureate of London, has been engaged in a grassroots campaign to save a woodland in her local community.

    Sadly, these sorts of integral egosystems are rapidly diminishing both nationally and globally. Not only are our green spaces the lungs of the planet, but they are treasured by the local communities who require their beauty as places of refuge and renewal.

    As a poet who was part of a successful effort to save an endangered forest here in Langley, British Columbia, I urge you to reconsider your decision. Based on our experience, intervening to save a single woodland or forest can be a win-win-win for politicians, the community, and nature.

    Should you reverse your decision, the community and future generations will thank you for your foresight in refusing to pit development against our collective need for restorative green spaces. This is your chance to leave a lasting legacy.

    Yours truly,

    Susan McCaslin, poet and essayist

    Fort Langley, British Columbia



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