Big changes are coming at Asia Pulp and Paper, a company some complain has done legendary damage to the world’s tropical forests. Because of stubborn customers and conservation groups, APP is promising official changes to policy that will result in a significant reduction in deforestation throughout Indonesia. The company has also vowed to cooperate with local communities on new tree plantation development.
It’s a healthy start. Time will tell how genuine these offers are and what substance there is to the changes. The deeper issue, unaddressed in the news stories, is our respect for nature Herself. Trees are not just a commodity. We depend on trees for oxygen and a diversity of species.
It would be equally inspiring to hear that the company was underwriting educational programs about the forests they were “harvesting,” first for themselves! How can we learn to live in harmony with nature? That’s a few steps beyond just managing the resources better. It speaks of respect and even reverence and touches into the truth of oneness at the heart of all life forms.
There is only separation from trees and humans when humans disconnect themselves from the source of life that informs us all. The real story here is the seed of remembrance about this core issue that seems to be poking its head above the tired ground.