Activists often wonder why more people don’t get involved with the issues that affect everyone’s life.
It is so easy to find excuses not to engage. People say they are consumed with their own lives–work, family… But we all know we have a lot of “free” time. To become engaged does not necessarily take that much time. It is often true that the most important thing is just showing up.
There seems to be an ebb and flow to how well society works for most of us. We are in a time when it is not working very well. And then there is the matter of those who are marginalized even when things are generally going well. Do you accept any responsibility for them?
The situation in North Dakota with the Dakota Access Pipeline is one of historic significance. We are on the verge of damaging our Earth past the point of recovery. The future will be determined by how quickly we transition away from fossil fuels, and we are quickly running out of time to make that transition. In other words, our future depends on not extracting more fossil fuel from the ground. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a threat to our future.
Beyond that, pipelines have a consistent history of leaks. The fracked oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline is an even greater threat, because it contains cancer causing chemicals to dilute it enough to flow, it takes great pressure to move the product, and the friction results in heat, and rapid wearing away of the pipeline wall.
The fact that the pipeline will lie along the bottom of the Missouri River means a leak can contaminate the entire river, and the water supplies for the cities, towns and farmland all along it.
Added to all that is the cultural atrocity of once again destroying the land and sacred sites of Native Americans, in this case to accomplish the building of the pipeline.
In the face of these disastrous moral and environmental consequences, why would this pipeline ever be built? The only answer is for money.
How much longer will you tolerate this? Because this is only happening because you are not objecting to it. Yes you.
I hope you will read the words of Chief Arvol Looking Horse. He says:
“To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide.”
“You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.”
If you do nothing, you dishonor your relatives. Please speak up, go to the rallies and protests, organize. If you do nothing, that is a decision you are making, to allow the rape of the Earth for the profit of a few.