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Understanding the Pipeline Spill and What To Do About It

Understanding the Pipeline Spill and What To Do About It

It's #ThoughtfulThursday. Enjoy our hand-picked selection of resources to ignite and inspire.

Earlier this week, I shared about the pipeline construction and tragic spill in our area northeast Ohio county.

The good news is that the spill did not contain toxic chemicals, rather it was naturally occurring bentonite clay used as drill lubricant. The bad news: too much of a good thing is still not good. Like salt is great on tortilla chips but not in your drinking water. Or snow is awesome for making snowmen but deadly in an avalanche.

This has left a lot of us feeling powerless to know what we can do in the face of environmental degradation.

What can we do when we feel like there are larger forces at play over which we have no control?

We take action where we can, remembering that small steps can and do lead to big positive impacts.

Enjoy these helpful resources I’ve found to be fantastic for taking my frustration and putting it into action.

Tools for Inspiration

  1. Educate yourself. WOSU produced an informative program this week to help you learn more about the spills, the sensitive wetlands where they were spilled, and the importance of Ohio wetlands. Listen here.
  2. Follow the Sierra Club. I love their instant message service that alerts you when important environmental legislation is coming up. They make it extremely easy to make those difficult phone calls to legislators as well. No matter what state you’re in, they’ve got local chapters and people with lots of knowledge to help you understand local issues and take action. Just text SIERRA to 69866 to sign up for their Mobile Action Network.
  3. Follow the Ohio Environmental Council, a fantastic resource for Ohio issues, including fracking, lake Erie, river and streams protections, and events you can participate in around the state.
  4. Make a support group! Get together with friends who share your concern and passion for the environment. If you feel alone, take heart because there are many others who share your grief. (This NPR story proves it.) Having a support group to go to when you need a listening ear, or when you’re ready for taking action, lightens the burden and makes everything bearable. It can just be a few friends, nothing fancy! The "Good Grief Group" shares their plan for how to get started creating your own.
  5. Take It Slow. Remember that big things happen by taking small steps. Take heart that the small things you’re doing every day are amplified by other concerned citizens taking small steps, too.

No matter what, remember you're not alone. We'd love to hear what works for you:

Share your action steps with us in the comments or on Facebook/Instagram with @redbudsuds #thoughtfullyclean. We're cheering you on.


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