Environmental activist: Milly Smith
Source: RÉCIT national de l'univers social
(Mike wakes up one
morning to the sound of demonstrators chanting slogans and disrupting the work
of the planters…)
“TOGETHER, UNITED, WE’LL NEVER BE DEFEATED!”
“DOWN WITH THE FORESTRY COMPANIES!”
“SAVE OUR FORESTS, PROTECT NATURE!”
Mike: Hey, I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m not sure I understand. What have
you got against forestry companies?
Milly: These companies overexploit our forests! They don’t follow logging and
reforestation standards. All they’re interested in is making the most money, as
fast as possible, without worrying about the environmental consequences of
Mike: What do you mean, without worrying about the consequences? We’re here,
aren’t we, replanting thousands of trees…?
Milly: That’s the problem right there. The forestry companies are cutting down
smaller and smaller trees every year, replacing them with a single species and
devastating sections of the boreal forest, which is part of our natural
Mike: Yeah, OK, it’s true these companies are making big profits, but that’s
because people need wood and paper products… They’re just responding to demand!
Milly: Think for a few minutes about all the paper we use and then throw away,
all the cardboard boxes, packaging, tissues, white paper… Couldn’t we use less
and recycle more? That would mean fewer trees would need to be logged!
Mike: So what is it you’re asking for, exactly?
Milly: Simply this, that forests be managed sustainably while respecting the
forest as a natural resource, as well as the people who need it to survive.