As a result of certain actions being taken by the new U.S. government, I have stopped planning hikes and field trips to the U.S. for the foreseeable future. I am not directing this to the people of the U.S., to employees of DHS, CBP or other enforcement agencies, or least of all to the people of Washington and Oregon, the majority of whom have reasonably progressive and welcoming attitudes. But the exclusionary policies being pursued by the White House go against everything I believe; more pointedly, they are intended to exclude people of certain religious or ethnic backgrounds and from certain countries, some of whom are active members of Nature Vancouver and participants in our field trips. I’m not comfortable with having trips which they may not be able to go on because of who they are. Therefore, until these policies change, I will not do trips to the US and encourage others to do the same.
President, Nature Vancouver