George might have had too much time on his hands yesterday. He says he was hard at work decorating the distribution shed.
Friday, August 26, 2011
My friend, Roni from DaisyWares, participated in this rescue. She is such a courageous activist. When posting the video on facebook, Roni quoted one of her friends, "These are incredible sweet, gentle hens. They're from an egg farm and have already been mutilated, debeaked. While we cherish the lives we save, we never forget the brothers who are killed the day they are born, and the sisters who aren't so lucky, who are slaughtered by the tens of millions each year...for a product."
"What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do,"
~Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
My belief in this sentiment (excepting the few environmental or external factors that may genuinely constrain behavior such as war, extreme poverty or illness, for example) is one of the reasons I get so frustrated when people are unwilling to just do. Often, I hear people tell me "I could never give up meat," or "I could never give up dairy." I mentally shake my head and think, "Oh, yes, yes you could, yes, you can, and you would be so much better off." Maybe next time, I should respond with Thomas Edison's quote, "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
Conversely, I've always believe that if I wanted to do something, I could do it. This is a photograph of my room when I was a teenager. Ignore the Jim McMahon and Chicago Bears paraphernalia. Instead, take a look at the green sign: Of course I can do it, the question is: do I want to?
What is it that you WANT to do, that you CAN do, that takes nothing less that you DECIDING to do it?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Suffer through the ironically place Exxon advertisement promoting fracking to see a story on the proposed Tar Sands pipeline featuring an interview from Bill McKibben, who is trying with some success to inject principles of civil disobedience into the environmental movement. I found McKibben extremely inspiring when he visited Ithaca College last year.
I am glad that McKibben and other leaders in the environmental movement are protesting the pipeline in DC, gaining media coverage, and educating the public. I wish I were there. I hope his words inspire you.
At the same time, I believe this story is written. The pipeline will be constructed, in 10, 15, 20 years, it will burst, because, don't kid yourself, it will, and the animals and environment will suffer. It will happen. It is inevitable. Remember this?
What about this?
Like this vision of the future?
Because as a whole we are selfish and short-sighted, I expect the pipeline will be approved, and when we face a disaster on the scale of the BP oil spill - or worse - we'll be shocked and ask how did this possibly happen? It's so sad and tragic. But if you support the pipeline, or if you do nothing to stop it, you are saying, my short-term economic comfort is more important to me than anything else. I know you don't believe that, right? Prove it!
It is our actions - YOUR ACTIONS - today that can prevent a future disaster. Go to Tar Sands Actions RIGHT NOW. Sign the petition and donate money if you can. Send this letter to your friends and family. Learn more about the problems inherent in the pipeline at Dirty Oil Sands. Know that you did everything in your power to prevent the suffering you surely abhor.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ten year-old Ta'Kaiya Blaney, after studying the environmental effects of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, has worked to prevent its construction, including releasing a song to raise awareness. Ta'Kaiya has more sense than most business and political leaders. On our side of the border, a group is conducting civil disobedience in Washington DC in the hopes our leaders will not agree to allow the pipeline in the U.S. Please visit Tar Sands Action to support the cause and learn what you can do to help.
“Oil pipelines and tankers will give people jobs, but if there is an oil spill like the [BP spill] in the Gulf of Mexico, that will take other people’s jobs and the wildlife will die,”
Read article at Yes Magazine.