Gail Snyder, Executive Director, Coalition for the Deschutes

Gail Snyder

Gail Snyder, Executive Director, Coalition for the Deschutes

“Community for me includes our rivers, and all of the creatures that live here with us and call this place home. From insects to otters and osprey, from kayakers to carrot seed farmers, our lives are interwoven. We must take care of each other.

I believe that it’s time for us to adopt an ethic not just of sustainability, but one of reciprocity – an ethic in which we share the water not only among ourselves, but with all living things. I love these words from photographer/journalist, Ami Vitale:

“If we choose to look for what divides us, we will find it. If we choose to look for what brings us together, we will find that too.”

By working together as a community, we can achieve our shared vision of having healthy rivers, farms, and families; working together is the only way we can realize this vision.”

 

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