|Bald Eaglets on Saltspring Island, July 2015|
The Gulf Islands, in British Columbia, lying off the Eastern coast of Vancouver Island, are of outstanding natural beauty and ecological importance. Eagles soar above Arbutus and Cedar, and Orca whales fish in the Southern areas.
I'm surprised. What I witnessed in my latest visit there was negligence and decay.
The islanders are laid back, smiling and very pleasant. They think they are protecting the environment, but their demeanors change when you start to suggest they clean up their individual acts a little.
The rest of BC hardly helps them. Logging masters BC. Pulp mills pollute the air. Anchored tankers grace the sounds. Overfishing depletes Chinook salmon (the Orca staple).
Canada has become environmentally unconscious, it seems.
Sad, for such a breathtaking land.