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On pipelines and pipedreams

On pipelines and pipedreams

It's #MotivationMonday! Enjoy this week's reflection on becoming an everyday activist to protect our precious planet at home, in our community, and beyond. This month we look at how to celebrate Earth Day Every Day.

This week, 2 million gallons of drilling fluid was spilled into a wetland, thankfully not into the river, in our northeast Ohio county. 

Many of my neighbors, myself included, are asking:

What's in a pipeline? 

The oil and gas companies are skilled at touting the benefits. In Stark County, we’ve been quoted the promise is jobs, energy security, and increased financial stability. 

Of all the fossil fuel energy options available, natural gas is cited as the cleanest. Pipeline transport is touted as the safest and most efficient. So why not, right?

Yet where pipelines are, accidents happen. Already less than two months into construction, 2 million gallons of waste have been spilled into our county’s wetlands.

It seemed the Rover Pipeline inundated our county overnight. Starting late this winter, a drive through the country began revealing signs of pipeline construction: first it was simple road markers indicating approved routes, and before we knew it, large trucks carrying pipelines and heavy equipment began rolling in.

So what is the true cost?

Continuing down the path of fossil fuel energy will only carry us for so long. Worse, we know that the carbon emissions we release into our air are causing big changes worldwide. The poisoning of our land and water close to home shows the disadvantages even more clearly.

I listen and I hear people asking: What can we do?

We want clean water. We want clean air. We want a high quality of life and a hopeful future for our children. We want to make a difference.

In general, worrying about our future doesn’t accomplish much. We must move towards hope.

Here are a few ways to begin, with more coming in our next post.

  1. First, we must learn to love our home. Get outside, start exploring, connect with the nature around us and remember that we are not apart from it, but a part of it.
  2. Pay attention to the news. Listen with open ears and be open and available to questioning. Remember that you can make a phone call or write a letter voicing your concern or asking for more information when you read or hear something that gives you pause. Local leaders and news agencies need to know we're paying attending and that we care.
  3. Look for opportunities to join or support local organizations that are doing good work for conservation. We all only have so much time in a day, so let's not reinvent the wheel! Our efforts are better together.

Stay tuned for more resources in our Thursday post with organizations we love in Ohio and nationwide who are doing good work in which you can take part.

Healing our relationship with nature is a process and systems won't change overnight. Being attentive, patient and kind in daily living is the best place to start.

Be thoughtfully clean.

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Thoughtfully yours,


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