As spring begins, I am keenly aware of the urgency the renewable energy movement is facing. Fracking is moving at lightening speed across the country and the world, poisoning water, air and, of course, people. Elected officials in Congress are doing their best to get the Keystone XL pipeline passed, even as tar sands spills continue to rear their ugly head.
The fossil fuel industry has the deepest pockets on the planet, and at times it feels as if we can’t beat them in this fight for a viable future. Yet, we continue to grow as a movement in numbers and strength. The coordination between people, towns, cities, states and organizations is impressive and essential to our capacity to impact the shift to renewable energy.
This video was made to inspire all those giving so much of their energy and time to this dire cause. After all, there is no Planet B. Just us and the choice to create a safe and viable future. I say, in the end, our passion will tip the scales away from dirty energy toward renewables. Let’s keep it up!
April 11, 2013 in Clean Energy, Clean Food, Air and Water, Fracking
Tagged fracking, climate change, clean energy, Josh Fox, mountaintop removal, Clean Water Act, global warming, hydraulic fracturing, Gasland, Living Downstream, Sandra Steingraber, Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands, Keystone XL, clean water, dirty energy, Safe Drinking Water act, 350.org, Mark Ruffalo, Protecting Our Waters, United for Action, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Americans Against Fracking, Food and Water Watch, Bill McKibben, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Delaware Riverkeeper, Do the Math, Doug Shields, Carol French, Stephen Cleghorn, Lock the Gate
My daughter Claire says she has a lot of monsters that live under her bed. They include vampires, zombies, giant furry things, etc. They are her friends, and only she is allowed to visit them. One day, after talking about her monster friends, Claire asked what really scares me. I think she was hoping I’d come up with something that has glowing red eyes, long crusty fingernails, green fangs and a hair-raising howl. Pondering her question, I stared out into space, letting all the monsters that haunt me race through my head.
Cancer, cancer, cancer, I thought; that everywhere-you-turn monster that’s consuming humans at a frightening pace. Cancer scares me. What scares me even more is the constant poisoning of our water, air, soil and food. Modern industrial life has brought with it a plethora of toxic chemicals that have saturated our society.
Posted in Clean Energy, Clean Food, Air and Water, Fracking, GMOs
Tagged cancer, chemical contamination, clean air, clean water, endocrine disruptors, fracking, Frankenfoods, genetically modified foods, GMOs, Michael Taylor, Monsanto, monsters, neurotoxins, oil sands, safe drinking water, scary monsters, tar sands, toxic chemicals, USDA
I’m not quite sure when it first began, but somewhere around the time when my daughter Claire was in pre-K we began a ritual of saying good morning to the sky as we drove to school. There’s this overpass we come to that presents a wonderful, wide-open view of the sky. From this viewpoint we can see big white billowy clouds, dark rolling storm clouds, or pure blue. It always speaks to me, this feeling of expanse before the busy day begins. And it seems to speak to Claire, too.
Four years later, though not every morning, we still greet the sky out loud in unison when we arrive at the overpass. This morning’s sky was sunny and blue with no clouds. Yet there seemed to be a brownish haze near the horizon that I found unsettling. Was I imagining that it was brown? Was my environmental-contamination-oriented mind making this up? It seemed too present to be a figment of my imagination. Of course, I kept this observation to myself, allowing Claire to solely indulge in the wonder she so deserves.
Posted in Children, Clean Energy, Clean Food, Air and Water
Tagged air, air pollution, clean air, clean water, EPA, fracking, John F. Kennedy, mercury, power plant emissions, Talking Heads, Talking Heads Air