If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you will remember I used to do a thing called Armchair Activist Wednesday, where I talked about a good cause that benefited our Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants and asked you to take a small action, like signing a petition, without having to leave the comfort of your chair.
You might also have noticed Armchair Activist Wednesday died after a couple months. My inbox became overwhelmed with emails from terrific organizations, wanting me to bring attention to their causes. I’d have, at first, dozens of emails each day. Then, scores. Now, every day I receive hundreds. I get so many I’ve had to ask most of these worthy organizations to take me off their email lists, because one person cannot adequately champion that many causes. I got seriously depressed, because I felt like a failure, not being able to do it all.
Our planet is hurting. And as I wrote in a blog post a few months back, “Now You Know How it Feels,” I’m very sensitive to the pains of Our Mother. I feel her pain with physical pains myself. If you didn’t read that post, I urge you to read it, because it explains a lot about me, but also about other Earth Sensitives and Intuitives out there. No, I am not alone. I know many others, and I’m sure there are many more beyond my ken.
Now, Big Oil and the U.S. Governments are on yet another kick to drain every drop of fossil fuel from the body of our planet, by a method called hydrolic fracturing, or fracking. It’s such a new word my spellchecker doesn’t even recognize it. Fracking is when large quantities of toxic chemicals are injected into the earth using high pressure. I don’t know exactly the science behind it, but it somehow allows them to extract oil and gas from places that might otherwise be difficult to drill. There’s a wonderful, easy to understand demonstration of fracking here, and I urge you to take the two minutes it takes to watch it.
What’s wrong with injecting toxic chemicals into the earth? Do you even have to ask? But here are just a sampling of things that have gone wrong in fracked areas:
Farm animals sicken and die, because the water they drink and the grass upon which they graze is poisoned. Note that most of these animals are the ones being raised sustainably. It doesn’t happen on feedlots. (Don’t get me started on feedlots.) There have been documented cases of cows’ tails falling off when they are living near fracking sites.
Organic farms are failing. The soil is no longer organic, because it is laced with the toxic chemicals that seep up to the surface. Poisoned groundwater seeps into the plants’ root systems. The food is rendered not only non-organic, but inedible.
People are becoming ill. Small farmers who live within a few miles of fracking sites have had to give up their land because they are too frail to farm it. Walking on toxic ground, breathing air that contains these toxins, will sicken anybody. It’s threatening not only livelihoods, but lives.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on fracking. But I am a champion for our Mother Planet. They call me The Earth Mage, after all, and while usually I define that job as trying to get people to quit being couch potatoes and get outside and take a hike!, there will be no safe place to take those hikes at the rate our land is being fracked. Think you’re safe, where you live? Think again. Click here for a map created by EarthJustice of the proposed and current fracking sites in the USA. Then, look at the skull and crossbones on that map–the sites where fracking accidents have happened. You’re not safe, folks. Not even if you live in a city like LA or New York or Chicago.
I urge you to spend some time exploring the EarthJustice site, as well as The Organic Consumers Association website to learn more about fracking and the damage it does to our planet. If what you learn alarms you–and it will–explore further. See what you can learn about fracking in your area and the actions being taken by activists to put a stop to it. Write President Obama a letter urging him to put an end to fracking.
The crisis is real, folks. Our climate is on the verge of being irreparably damaged–even the United Nations and the World Bank agree to that. Our planet is being poisoned, all for the greed of companies who poison first and ask questions later, if they ask questions at all. We can no longer afford to be Armchair Activists. We have to get our butts out of those chairs and do something.
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