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Tenacity - Persistence - Determination

Jane Goodall traveled the world before the scale of humans’ impact on nature became a major topic of discussion in the scientific community. In 1986 she attended a session on habitat loss around the world and said, “After realizing what was going on, it was never quite the same, because then I felt I’ve got to try and save it.”

She has been on a trail of activism to protect nature for the last 35 years. She wants people to hear the plea for help from nature and prevent people from hunting vulnerable animals and cutting down trees. Her successes have spread hope worldwide. Especially since the devastation of our planet increasingly demands our focus as wildfires and destructive

storms have become more frequent and intense.

There are only a few open spaces left in Stratford and these are primarily located near Roosevelt Forest that is a habitat for lovely birds, bears, bob cats, foxes and families of numerous animals that live and breed in its vernal pools.

The way to protect the nature that winds its way around and through our community is by having a clear understanding of what is involved.

Once you have that understanding, you will realize how great our accomplishment will be together when we save these open spaces with their tall trees and wetlands. Our successful attorney, Joe Kubic, has managed to get the results we need as more town officials and Judges become enlightened and have denied applications that promise to damage the wetlands and habitats of the forested land where our houses meet the trees.

Many people might say, “It can’t be done!” Here is a favorite poem to encourage and remind us to continue putting forth every effort to support our attorney as he uses the power of the law to protect our environment (and us!).

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,”

but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in

with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed:

“Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it;”

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure,

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


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