I want to talk to the Governor about drought. About how the situation in California looms before us after Oregon’s meager winter. How chemical agriculture kills the life in soils until the the topsoil no longer acts as a living sponge to slowly replenish ground waters.
I want to talk to the Governor about rainfall. As much as 75% of the rainfall in an area comes from transpiration from trees. We need to plant trees – everywhere. Better they be food trees to doubly address the issues of community hunger.
I want to talk to the Governor about bottled water, and the shady wisdom of handing over our little share of the fraction of a percent of drinkable ground water left on earth to corporate profits, destabilizing the livability of this region for future generations.
I want to talk to the Governor about children, about the necessity of inspiring in our youth a love of the land, and the water here in Oregon, so they will step up to respect and protect resources in the future.
Inviting Governor Brown, all teachers, and all Oregon children to the Salem Water Fair, May 23rd.
Lichen June, Director
NW Permaculture Institute