The Rainforest Flying Squad is honoured to receive this Letter of Support from the world-renowned Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Dr. Beresford-Kroeger knows only too well the medicines and the wisdom locked in our ancient forests, should we care to listen and learn.
In her childhood years, she was taught ancient Celtic traditions and Brehon Law. She carried this knowledge throughout her career as a botanist, medical biochemist and author. She has freely shared her knowledge in a series of books and a feature documentary, Call of the Forest. Her latest book, To Speak for the Trees, is a treasure trove of ancient wisdom and medicinal plants and their uses.
Dr. Beresford-Kroeger supports Elder Bill Jones in his call for the preservation of Fairy Creek and the rights of Indigenous peoples to protect their lands from colonial exploitation.
Her wonderful letter is below. Download the full press release HERE. (PDF 300kb)
TO THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD:
A global pandemic is here. A round virus is on a roll. It has glycoprotein ammunition. it is mutating with the intelligence of a survivor and its aim is death by respiratory failure. We need oxygen. Countries are running out of it. We need anti-viral medicines, today, at this moment. And more tomorrow.
The ancient forest system of Fairy Creek and all others like it will supply both oxygen and medicine, if given a chance. These giants of the universe with their unique DNA represent a living library of medicine for the citizens of the world. They hold taxines for the treatment of breast cancers, taxodiones for prostate cancer, salicylates for pain relief, thujone for cardiac regulation, prostaglandins for arterial health. The crisper action of the multitude of bacteriophages in the soil connected with these forests is just being put on trial by science.
Where Indigenous peoples have a say over the exploitation of their territories, I encourage them to look to sustainability for their childrens’ children and leave their green treasures standing. The alpha- and beta-pinene from these trees alone is a fortune waiting to be collected by their little ones. In addition, the global protection from cancers to the citizens of the world is without a monetary value for us all.
Canada has suffered from short sight since colonial times. It is time this nation put on a pair of glasses to see the trees and the forests. These green machines work for the entire web of life on this planet.
So, I join Elder Bill Jones, who wants to save his forest, and I want to speak for the forest. My message also comes from the elders of the Celtic Civilization. I hold a sacred trust in this. Please listen.
Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger
BSc. med. Biochem., BSc. bot., MSc., PhD., Dipl surg., LLD