The Tree Sitters of Berkeley

If you walked along Piedmont at the top of UC Berkeley’s campus sometime during the last months you would encounter an interesting sight – several people sitting high up in the oaks surrounding Memorial Stadium. These days they camp outside the fence erected to keep them out. What do these tree dwellers want? They are, according to their campaign boards, saving the trees. Since the University wants to upgrade memorial stadium by building a new complex where these trees are currently growing.

I’ve been fairly neutral in the situation – yes, i like trees, and berkeley happens to have lots of ‘em – but on the other hand i dont really see why those 38 oaks are the most important trees to fight for. I’ve been strangely pursued by a letter posted on craiglist, that made sme extremely valid points. Read it here:

http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/466281874.html

The main point that the person makes, which I have come to support wholeheartedly, is that those 38 oaks are not endangered and are completely negligible against the deforestation happening in the Amazon. The man-power of these protesters and the police that are forced to check up on them are much better spent in places where it would actually make a difference!

4 Comments

  1. Yizhuo says:

    Wow, they’re still tree-sitting? Hasn’t it been like, over a year now? O_o

  2. Todd Boyle says:

    I agree, there are more urgent problems than those oaks, and even the campaign for urban trees could be advanced more successfully by other tactics. In Veterans For Peace we have had the same sort of discussion in recent years. What is our goal??? and is THIS really achieving our goal???

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