Target: Boy Scouts of America President Wayne Brock
Goal: Reinstate environmentalist expelled for his attempts to preserve endangered plants and institute protections.
Kim Kuska, noted California environmentalist, was recently expelled from the Boy Scouts of America for his efforts to preserve the rare Dudley’s Lousewort plant. He was expelled following an incident in which he informed authorities of the local Boy Scout camp’s mistreatment of the plant, which is heavily endangered, and found almost exclusively within the vicinity of the camp. This act demonstrates a deeply unethical and destructive attitude among the Boy Scout’s leadership, and should be rectified as soon as possible. In addition, without his presence the Dudley Lousewort will be further endangered by the scouts at the camp.
Kuska first attempted to solve the problem by taking it up with the various camp faculty, but even small measures, such as marking the endangered plants with flags, were ignored. At times Kuska found plants that had been deliberately trampled in reaction to his efforts. It was at this point that he contacted the authorities and was, shortly thereafter, expelled from the Scouts.
The official statement from the Boy Scouts of America leadership is that Kuska was expelled for planting samples of the Dudley Lousewort in inconvenient areas; however, it is widely speculated that his whistleblowing contributed to the decision. This isn’t the first black mark on the Boy Scouts environmental record: in 2009 a camp in the same area was responsible for slaughtering many endangered steelhead trout, as well as clear-cutting thousands of acres of land. Kuska should be reinstated, and these crimes against nature stopped.
Dear President Wayne Brock,
The California branch of your organization recently expelled conservationist Kim Kuska following his whistleblowing on activities endangering the rare Dudley’s Lousewood plant. While the official line regarding his expulsion differs slightly, there is no precedent for expelling a member of the Scouts for protecting nature. Furthermore, it is clear from Kuska’s statements that he attempted to solve the problem through the Boy Scouts’ channels before contacting the authorities.
Given these facts, it is clear that Kuska should be readmitted into the Boy Scouts, and matters similar this be policed more effectively within the organization. For the good of both the environment and the Boy Scouts, these crimes against nature must be stopped, and those who have suffered because of them compensated.
[Your Name Here]
Image Credit to Thomas Mathis via Wikimedia Commons