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!
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.
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…