Whenever I see a spiderweb in the woods, I’m awestruck by the careful, diligent work it took and the ability of a small insect to adjust its design to the surrounding trees or bushes. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when it comes to the expanding web of gas pipelines and compressor stations being planned nationwide, which would take years to build, affect large areas, and have impacts that last for decades.
No wonder communities in the path of development refuse to be ensnared.
We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.
We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.
En un reciente viaje a acampar en la región de Big Sur de California, me sentí abrumado por cuántos otros campistas estaban ahí en el medio de la naturaleza. A lo largo de la orilla del río, por lo menos dos docenas de tiendas fueron instaladas, algunas en las laderas de la montaña, y otras en zonas de inundación. Todos estaban allí con un pensamiento en mente - para divertirse. Aún en este estado, nadie se detuvo a considerar las consecuencias de sus acciones:
On a recent camping trip to California's Big Sur region, I was overwhelmed by how many other campers were out there in the middle of the wilderness. Along the river bank, at least two dozen tents were set up, some on hillsides, others in flash flood zones. Everyone was there with one thought in mind - to have fun. Yet in this state, no one stopped to consider the consequences of their actions:
California is in the middle of a severe drought.
How severe? State officials expect the 2015 statewide snowpack to be about 6% of normal.
Can you imagine having only 6% of the water you normally have to last the whole year? Well, if you're in California you don't have to imagine.
I once worked at an office with a big sign in the employee kitchen: “Your parents don’t work here. Clean up after yourself.” Some years later when I began to visit gas drilling areas, those words often came to mind. Today, Earthworks released a report detailing the many ways that gas and oil operators—and the regulators charged with overseeing them—appear unwilling to heed this basic request.