Thank you to those brave, passionate activists protesting Shell’s Arctic oil exploration. I am in awe of your determination and steadfast focus.
Your activism keeps attention on the fossil fuel debate. I lack your nerve and daredevil spirit, although I feel as passionately as you do.
I recently heard David Suzuki, Canadian scientist, geneticist, author, educator and environmental activist, state that for a healthy body, we need clean air, clean water and clean soil. He wondered why anyone would accept a compromised environment, which compromises our health. Why indeed?
We are losing the struggle of climate change because we are still debating its effects and causes and because change is difficult. If we took the challenge to change our destructive course we are now on, we may be able to mitigate the consequences. It is past time to move beyond the debate of the causes. We must demand that our government stop subsidizing fossil fuel. We must demand and work towards solutions.
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Recently, Pope Francis has announced his plea for our earth. Read his message and take it to heart. To quote the Pope, “Put simply, it is a matter of redefining our notice of progress” (away from consumption to sustainability). People’s voices and actions are needed to let our elected representatives know we are serious. We have a moral responsibility to protect our home.