In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “______ is the new ______.”
Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase: “_____ is the new _____.” There’s your post title. Now write!
As I write this post, I am watching a live feed of the Shell icebreaker Fennica trying to get past Greenpeace activists who are hanging like trapeze artists off the St. John’s Bridge in Portland. Kayakers are scrambling to the river to block the ship. They are willing to risk life and limb for a cause they believe in. They feel the risk of drilling in the arctic warrants this action. While many of us wouldn’t be willing to put our lives on the line, we agree in spirit.
And just yesterday the internet blew up in outrage over the killing of Cecil, a favorite lion of a park in Zimbabwe. From reports I read, it seems he was lured out of the park where a dentist, who paid $55,000 for the opportunity, shot him. (People, you are paying too much for your dental work.) People are crying foul. Tens of thousands of people are showing solidarity in response to this action.
But it took an event to provoke a reaction.
Whatever your opinion on either issue, or any other issue for that matter, it seems to me that blocking the stone before it starts rolling downhill is an easier option. It just requires knowing what stones are primed to roll.
It is with a heavy heart that I watch the arctic drilling scenario occur. People who don’t live in the Pacific Northwest may not understand how much we treasure our natural areas and our fisheries. The potential for ecological disaster here is high. Many of us are not willing to sell out to big oil money, yet somehow this has been thrust upon us.
Don’t wait for things to happen. Get involved. Contact your representatives. There are people in our government who are making decisions that not only affect us, but will affect the lives of our children and grandchildren. Hold them accountable for their decisions. They work for us.
My reference is from my daughter’s blog, Growing Monteverde. She is currently traveling in Costa Rica, a country, by the way, which has rigorous environmental standards and has banned hunting.