envirnomentalism

A Call for Conciousness

They finally broke me.
I took a leap and decided to try working with Greenpeace, spread the movement and engage the people—but I’ve just about lost hope.

Southern California is full of all sorts of people, some with an open and hungry consciousness, minds buzzing and searching for meaning—That, and the scum of the corporate world spending their livelihood supporting a system of consumption.

The third day on the streets is what broke me; the only persons who would actually stop and hear what I had to say we’re either high out of their minds, foreign travelers, or the empty shell of teenagers parched of knowledge.

I’m used to being ignored, but what I’m not used to is being insulted and offended directly, or having a person laugh in my face. I was humiliated that day, and deeply affected by the lack of heart in society.
They can choose to be blind to truth, but they will be held accountable for their actions. It’s their bed they’ve made, and they will lay in it.
Maybe they deserve to live in a fucked up world, living to waste.

I just want a future to enjoy.
A future for my children.
I can’t imagine a life without beach days, hiking through the forest, or a bright blue sky.
No one knows what the future holds for the human race, but at the rate we’re going, things are only getting exponentially worse—and even more so because the mass of the general public does not give a fuck. They don’t see it, and they won’t see it until it’s here.
I met a very interesting man yesterday, and he said something profound;
“They will not see it, and just like a Nuclear Bomb, they will not believe it until they see the flash.”

Is this really what we’ve come to? Destined to struggle until we plunder this beautiful and living planet until sustainable life is no more?

There is a need for the human species to evolve in a sense of consciousness.

“… We have entered an era like none other in history. The economy of the Western world and the ecology of the entire planet are threatened with the possibility of imminent collapse. But of even greater significance than these dire circumstances is the dramatic shift occurring within human consciousness—which gives rise to what we think of as Reality.

The ancient prophecies of the Hopi, Maya, and Inka (among others) all point to this moment—2012 and beyond—as the time when we step from one reality to the next. According to these prophecies, humanity will soon undergo a rapid evolution—within a single generation—that will affect all future generations. And evolve we must if we are to remain a viable species on a healthy planet.”
- The EARTHKEEPER

We are that generation. There will be those of us who have prepared, and we will be ready.
There is great power within us, and together we can create a better future.
The Universe is calling, let it guide us so.

Is the Environmental Defense Fund ruining environmentalism?

By Lisa Margonelli, Pacific Standard (May 25, 2013)

The battle over hydraulic fracking of oil and natural gas has pitted land owners against each other. It has also created divides between neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. And now, after the Environmental Defense Fund joined a coalition of nonprofits and oil companies called the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, fracking is also splitting the environmental community.

The Center for Shale Development advocates that oil and gas companies voluntarily adopt 15 performance standards. These cover wastewater disposal, fracking fluids, air pollution standards for drill engines, limits on gas flaring in the fields and more. But this week, 68 grassroots groups protested the Environmental Defense Fund’s move, arguing the big environmental advocacy organization had allowed itself to be “co-opted by industry interests,” and that it was engaged in “greenwashing.”

In a recent story for this magazine, I wrote about how the debate over fracking is a false dilemma; that until we regulate and tax the practice, all of the environmental and economic burdens will continue to fall on the people who live above the wells.

To be sure, the potential for damage from fracking is something to take seriously, but after 60 years of using the technique in hundreds of thousands of wells, there are relatively few cases of groundwater contamination. So few that the EPA’s recent determination that Wyoming groundwater was affected by fracking stands out. A study in Pennsylvania affirms that methane appears to migrate into drinking aquifers — likely because of poor cement seals around well pipes. Though the industry has best practices for the seals, following them is voluntary in some states. I am not trying to imply that fracking is safe, but that its danger depends upon local geology, the competence of the drillers themselves, and — above all — effective regulation.

Which is an environmental issue we should be talking about. Effective regulation can reduce risky practices and encourage drillers to compete on safety rather than costs. Consider the oil tanker: Thanks to legislation introduced after the Exxon Valdez disaster, we have dramatically reduced both the number and size of tanker spills. Anytime a tanker is loaded with oil, it runs the risk of a spill, but our high-energy lifestyle depends on our willingness to accept — and manage — these risks. And so tankers and barges now need to carry insurance for unlimited damages from an oil spill. Insurers, who have money on the line, have enforced best practices, which have reduced spills considerably. Yet for the moment, the regulation of fracking is progressing state by state, without the unified routine that was taken with transporters. At the federal level, meanwhile, there have been setbacks: The 2005 energy bill, for instance, exempted gas drillers from parts of federal clean water regulations.

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Environmental Procrastination

So I see this whole problem with global warming being a result of human-race procrastination. Chances are that the polar ice-caps will be melted in 20-30 years due to some new evidence saying that when Greenland melts, it’s going to release a ton more CO2 emissions into the air and will accelerate the process really quickly. But very few people think about 20-30 years from now and we won’t do anything about it until it’s way too late (chances are it’s already too late now), most people can only think 2-5 years ahead, if even that. They think that it’s some distant problem waiting on the horizon for the human race to overcome. The problem with thinking that is that it’s a problem NOW. And now, all people can think of is making fun of idiotic Republican Presidential candidates and laughing their asses off at the ridiculous claims they make, when we have much, much worse problems now. It’s kind of funny, in an ironic sort of way, to think about how ridiculous the human race is as a whole. I think of a similar story I learned a long long time ago about the Emperor Nero of Rome, who sat in his palace and played his violin while Rome got sacked and burned. It’s kind of similar when I think about it. Except for one key difference, we are the ones who are destroying our Rome. We’re all just laughing at Republicans while we simultaneously destroy the world.

(Also, if you don’t think that the polar ice caps melting is a problem, think about a world without most of its current coastal regions, including New York City. Because most of those regions will become flooded.)