Friday, September 18, 2009

Extraction and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

I attended the NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. speech in Santa Monica last night. He is a riveting and motivational speaker.

Issues that he is focusing on these days are related to energy. His Washington Post Op-Ed from July about the atrocities of coal is disturbing enough to make you want to cry AND write a passionate letter to Obama to plead for justice.

The extraction operation that Kennedy talks about is happening across the world. Not just in coal but in every environmental resource. As shareholder-driven companies have grown in power, they have also become less interested in the environment and more interested in greed. They are extracting soil from both wealthy and impoverished nations to replenish destroyed soil from industrialized farming. They are extracting fish from the oceans at such an alarming rate that there will soon be none left. They are extracting trees from the planet to satisfy other economic gains, only to reap climate change and deserts in return. Oil has been extracted for decades, and now it has peaked. Extract. Extract. Extract.

We can not sustain any type of quality living for our children and their children under the extraction model.

Instead, we have to be driven toward the sustainability model. There are just as many jobs, and more, with that model.

The NRDC has put together an action site for you to write to your government officials -- http://www.nrdc.org/action/default.asp . This is one way every person who cares can take action on crimes against nature, your community, and your health.

Additionally, the Sierra Club has an action center just for stopping coal mining mountain top removal. See this video below.




And heroic 81-year-old Roland Micklem in this video below is asking for senior citizens to march against mountain top removal this October. Details here.

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