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
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Filled with stunning, sobering images, I have not seen a better presentation on the tar sands than this TEDx video by Garth Lenz. Every single one of us needs to understand what is happening with this extreme form of fossil fuel extraction and take action to stop this energy abomination. Watch at least the first ten minutes if you are at all able to. It will blow your mind. Do we really need energy so badly as to allow the dirtiest energy project on the planet to destroy the future for our children and all life on Earth? Seriously. No exaggeration. It may be happening in Canada, but it will affect us all. If the tar sands continue, we are literally committing suicide as a species. This MUST be stopped. It is so insane and absolutely unacceptable. What are we doing to the beauty and brilliance of the Earth? It breaks my heart…