Monday, July 16, 2012

Tar Sands & Active Hope

As regular blog readers know -- as anyone who knows me knows - I am struggling under the mighty weight that consciousness about climate change brings.  It is easy to resist knowing and very hard to accept the likely consequences that we and our children will live with going forward because of human choices.  The sweet spot is to maintain an active stance, not to be paralyzed with despair nor overly glib or dismissive of what we know to be true.  And that stance is as hard as any yoga pose could be, for me.  I am just starting a new book by Joanna Macy on the topic - it is called Active Hope and I'd love to have an FSP parents bookclub around it!  And, we have an opportunity to come together with others -- a coalition of Maine environmental groups, including 350Maine and NRCM - to protest a specific and concrete action : the development of a pipeline for moving tar sands oil through Maine. 

Please check out the Facebook Event Page & RSVP to NRCM

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 -- 6:00pm until 7:00pm in EDT

  • Join us at the lighthouse in Bug Light Park in South Portland for a rally in opposition to pumping dirty tar sands oil thorugh Maine and in to Casco Bay! Please come dressed in all black for a "human oil spill".

    On July 25, 2012, 840,000 gallons of tar sands crude spilled in to the Kalamazoo River in Michigan devastating the environment and economy. We cannot let this happen in Maine.

    The Portland-Montreal Pipeline currently pumps conventional crude oil from tanker ships in Casco Bay north to Qubec. Now, Enbridge is considering to reverse the flow of the pipeline; to start pumping tar sands oil from Quebec to Casco Bay. A tar sands oil spill in Casco Bay would devastate Portland working waterfront.   Join us for a rally and protest against pumping tar sands through Maine!