Save the Oaks Resources

You are invited to Remember and Celebrate the fallen Oaks and their relatives all over the world this coming SAT.

SAT APRIL 17, 2020 @ 11 AM PACIFIC.
See website to register and more Program Information:
Blessings and gratitude for the ancient Oaks.  

Action Letters by Sharon Simone:

Greenpeace France & International

Magali Letter 1

Magali Letter 2

Notre Dame: After centuries in the ground, these French oaks will soon form part of the new spire (Mar 25, 2021)

 Oak Summit: Free and Public Online Event
Saturday, March 20, 2021

 to 2 PM EDT/11 AM PDT

March 14, 2021 Update  

MAR 14, 2021 — 

Dear Allies of the Oaks,

The petition is just shy of 7,500 signatures—please keep sharing it with your networks! Even as the felling of the Oaks has begun, the call to spare the remaining trees continues to grow. Thank you.

Here are two new ways to stay informed and connected.

1. A new Facebook page, Save The Oak Trees, has been established and is another good source for info and inspiration related to the Oaks. The page is updated frequently.

2. Save the Date: SAT, March 20. 

Planning is underway for an Oak Summit to be held via Zoom for individuals who wish to gather in solidarity on behalf of the Oaks. Guest speakers will address a variety of topics.  Details, including time, registration and log in information, will be posted to the "Connect" section of the website  ( as they become available.

The London Economic, a "digital newspaper supporting liberal, progressive, pro-European and pro-business viewpoints" included the petition in an article about the felling of the first Oak trees on March 9.

Thank you for advocating on behalf of the Oaks.

London Economic: Four 200-year old Oaks Felled as Part of 1,000 Selected for Notre Dame Cathedral

Oaks Felled: Guardian Article, March 9, 2021

To:  Friends of ancient Oaks in France:  We hope you will visit our website for two very exciting news updates.
1.  A stirring piece by Matthew Fox in his March 7 Daily Meditation is near the top of the site.  Matthew's message offers us a critical perspective on resistance and a call to action regarding the ancient Oaks plight in France.  Scroll down to near the bottom of his article there is a 1.5 minute video of Matthew speaking.  His 50 years of work as an Episcopal priest rooted in creation spirituality has been and is a beacon in a complex and challenging world.  
2.  Two live 3.5 minute video shareable links (English and French versions) to our just completed Would you sacrifice the ancient Oaks? 
  • If you have not yet signed the Petition (accessible by a link on our website), would you consider signing now?
  • Please circulate our video links and website link to your networks. 
Thank you for whatever you can do to help save the ancient Oaks in France.

Here is link that relates to the issue of cutting down the Elder Oaks, explaining the connection between cutting down this Keystone species and its ultimate effect on biodiversity and climate stability.

Global Petition to Save the Oaks

French Petition to Save the Oaks

Petition (Michel Lhertier) - Non a la reconstruction EN BOIS de la charpente de Notre-Dame de Paris

Square Earth Club Petition (contact avec LA TERRE AU CARRE sur France Inter)

Mobilize for the Oaks

Private Forest Said to Provide Oaks for Reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Law School Amicus Brief to Save the Sacred Oaks (Apache Nation, Arizona)

LEAD & Restoration Concerns for Notre Dame

Lead Fallout from Notre Dame Fire

Notre-Dame Reconstruction Progress

France Scours Forests for 1,000 Oaks

Hunt for Centuries Old Oaks

An Urgent Call for a New Relationship with Nature (Scientific American)

Laudato Si (On Care of our Common Home) - Pope Francis

Fratelli Tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship) - Pope Francis

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, par. 1)

"The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses. Different species contain genes which could be key resources in years ahead for meeting human needs and regulating environmental problems." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, par. 32)

"There is an “architecture” of peace, to which different institutions of society contribute, each according to its own area of expertise, but there is also an “art” of peace that involves us all. From the various peace processes that have taken place in different parts of the world, “we have learned that these ways of making peace, of placing reason above revenge, of the delicate harmony between politics and law, cannot ignore the involvement of ordinary people. Peace is not achieved by normative frameworks and institutional arrangements between well-meaning political or economic groups… It is always helpful to incorporate into our peace processes the experience of those sectors that have often been overlooked, so that communities themselves can influence the development of a collective memory”." (Fratelli Tutti, par. 231)