Last fall a group of Nevada City residents came together to try to save Nevada City trees from the slaughtering arm of the local electric company. The story of Bella Blue is inspired by their commitment with deep gratitude.
Why a children's book? We wanted to write in that special language of children. If we are going to change our perception of trees, we need to do it from the ground up.
Yes, Bella was just one tree but for many of us she represents and is symbolic of what we desire for our planet for the next generations.
In addition to acknowledging trees as Beings, we need OUR TREES MORE THAN EVER. For the oxygen, for the shade, their importance to the health of our planet is huge.
We can't continue arbitrarily cutting them down. One of the reps from the electric company told illustrator Kathy Dotson they will be cutting MILLIONS of trees in California. There is a fallacy in blaming trees for forest fires. We have to and can manage better.