User:Ademoor/The Summer of '93 - The Struggle for Clayoquot Sound

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In 1993, I witnessed the large, grassroots and ultimately even international protests against the decision of the provincial government of British Columbia, Canada, to allow the clearcutting of most of Clayoquot Sound. This was one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on Vancouver Island. The following pictures I took then. They are a tribute to the spirit of a community fighting against societal and environmental injustice.

Aldo de Moor (ademoor AT communitysense DOT nl)

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Forests[edit]

Once upon a time...

Logging Practices[edit]

The state of the art of logging in British Columbia in 1993.

Blockade[edit]

All through summer, blockades of the logging road were held in Clayoquot Sound

Demonstrations[edit]

Simultaneously, many demonstrations were held near the courthouse and Parliament Buildings in Victoria, the provincial capital. Although close to a thousand people were convicted of criminal contempt of court, the pressure led to the original plans being modified. How sustainable those changes are, is still to be seen.

References[edit]

Articles

Books

  • Clayoquot and Dissent, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 1994. ISBN 0-921870-29-9
  • MacIsaac, R. and Champagne, A. (eds), Clayoquot Mass Trials - Defending the Rainforest, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, B.C., 1994. ISBN 0-86571-321-9

Organizations