Terry Greenwood is a humble hero. Josh Fox, the director of the oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, knew Terry well. Terry died a couple of weeks ago of brain cancer. He knew that fracking poisoned and killed his cows, yet elected officials, the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA wouldn’t listen to him.
Josh’s words and video honoring Terry Greenwood capture him so eloquently, I wanted to pass them along. I hope you can find time to read the post and watch the video – a few poignant outtakes from Gasland. Terry was an example of wisdom, light and integrity in the face of greed, lies and profound adversity.
This garden we are graced to live in, this magical spinning planet we call home, was designed for abundance, designed to provide us with food, clothing and shelter, and, beyond that, beauty and magic. This garden was not designed to withstand the amount of carbon dioxide and methane we are putting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels; the pesticides we are putting into our water, soil and food; the destruction of our trees and oceans meant to clean our air and create oxygen.
We have forgotten where we live. We have forgotten that being alive is not something we are guaranteed.
We are forgetting our moral obligation to our children and future generations.
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!
I wasn’t able to listen to the First Lady’s speech the night she delivered it at the Democratic National Convention. My 8-year-old daughter Claire is a night owl who loves to be read to sleep, so we lay in bed together reading Katie Kazoo Switcheroo as Michelle Obama spoke from her heart about the man she married and the country she so loves.
The next day I watched the speech on YouTube. Toward the end, Michelle spoke about who she was first and foremost amidst the many roles in her life. It was the only noticeable moment where tears filled her eyes.
“And I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady and not just as a wife. You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still ‘mom-in-chief.’ My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.”
As I listened to her, my eyes filled with tears, knowing that I, too, am first and foremost a mom-in-chief to a daughter I love more than words could ever convey. I was moved to tears by that extraordinary love and a future my daughter and all children will be inheriting – a future that I’m not feeling very good about.
Granted the future has always and will always carry with it burdens and responsibilities that the next generation must take on when they have grown. But when it comes to poisoning water and air, the adults in this world right now have a responsibility to stop that poisoning. And right now fracking is at the top of the culprit list.
At the Frack Attack rally, I caught Josh Fox talking on the sidelines. I am always in awe of his capacity to communicate. He is articulate, accessible, compelling, funny, genuine and spot on. The anti-fracking movement is so fortunate to have him as an international spokesperson, though his film Gasland is clearly one of the main reasons the movement exists.
In this clip, he explains how our country is literally getting eaten up by our addiction to fossil fuels. I’ve known this for a while now, but as he was explaining it, it hit me differently, perhaps because I was at the rally in the front of the Capitol with people from all over this country that have been personally affected by fracking in horrendous ways. Whatever the reason, I could literally see our country getting eaten up, and it fueled my fire to continue fighting to extinguish the madness.
Clean energy is our only chance for a viable future. Our only chance.
Is cheap natural gas worth poisoning children? It’s a question we all need to answer truthfully. Especially when it comes from the mouths of children themselves.
I met Devon Haas at the Stop the Frack Attack rally in Washington, DC. She is a beautiful eight-year-old-girl who was out in the blazing heat with her sign, fully present to do her part to stop the insanity of fracking. She lives in Pennsylvania, where fracking is taking over at lightening speed. Accidents and spills abound, contaminating water and air. The gas industry will not own the contamination they are causing, but they do own the governor and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Devon makes clear the obligation we have as a society to stop the destruction of the planet and get serious about renewable energy. How can we do otherwise? How can we not do our part to make sure the water she drinks and the air she breathes are safe? We are the caretakers of their future, and the future is now.
Devon is currently involved in Kids of the Gulf, a documentary film in progress that features two kids – Devon and Devin – who are determined to have a positive impact in the Gulf coast region in the aftermath of the BP oil spill by telling the stories of the children affected by the spill. She is also the founder of Kids Army Worldwide , which connects tens of thousands of kids around the world together for environmental and social justice issues that matter most to kids today.
Hydraulic fracturing a.k.a. fracking is the current form of natural gas extraction that is sweeping the nation and the globe. It’s beyond toxic, poisoning people, ecosystems, our precious water supply and the air we breathe. Yet the gas industry has all the money it takes to drill away, passing on drilling’s heaviest costs to landowners, local communities and future generations. There are even legal gag orders on doctors in Pennsylvania and Ohio that prevent them from revealing to patients the specific chemicals showing up in their bodies as a result of fracking. Enough is enough!
The Stop the Frack Attack rally and march in DC is happening on Saturday, July 28th, 2012. It will be bursting with good people who want a safe and promising future for all. Let your voices be heard over the sound of the mighty dollar that has bought our elected officials. All rally details can be found at stopthefrackattack.org.
Here’s Barbie’s latest anti-frack rap, “Hit the Road, Frack.” She’s had it, too…