May 26, 2012

Pebble Mine Decision Needs Your Comments

There is a decision looming and it will be a pivotal one. At stake, is the evolutionary direction of our species and our planet as a whole. Each law that we create (or do not create) plays a significant role in our evolutionary process – the directions that we take, the molding of our consciences and our health as one planet connected. Decisions rule our behavior, as well as our physical and mental make-up. We adapt to our surroundings and act accordingly within a set of guidelines that we have come to learn as being acceptable. Sometimes the changes are subtle and sometimes not, but over the course of time we learn the significance of events. And it is events like this one that notch deepest in our belt going forward.

Pebble Mine.

We make decisions, and then figure out if it was right or wrong, and then move on to the next one. And often, our most striking lessons are when we realize that we have made a mistake. Learn from your mistakes… Yes, how better to keep our fingers away from fire, than to have been burned before. Or, next time, I’ll bring a coat, or next time, I won’t walk that close to the edge. Mistakes… they hit home. An acceptable question becomes: “How many mistakes must we make before our lessons are learned?” Mistakes… Do we always have to make another to grow intelligence, or find a suitable path towards something that feels like happiness? Why this need for chronic, witless reinforcement? Certainly, some are tough to fend off; they just happen by accident and often, the scale of your mistake is not that big a deal because nothing was overly harmed and the affects of this choice aren’t long lived. But others are larger – they may span time and space and species. They are the mistakes that burn across endless generations, blazing new paths ahead, unable to circle around and rejoin the one that cut so perfectly before, for so many.

Evolve. Dissolve.

Not too unfathomable, this talk of decisions and mistakes and adaptation. After all, it makes sense to me. But often the only thing that we can agree upon is our tendency to disagree. True? And my mistake may be sound policy for another. Understandable. But we have a big pot called democracy that we can toss all these lessons and knowledge and hunches and opinions into, mix it all up and see how it tastes. How will we move forward? What will we serve up? We can add our own spice to this dish and if enough of us add curry, then Thai food it is!

I can’t help but have this perception that we, as a collective species, are in grave danger of making a rather large mistake. We haven’t made it yet, but the opportunity is there and the possibility is growing near. Our views can all have an effect on the outcome, so I feel it is important to put them to use.

Stop the Pebble Mine. Not for lack of respect to the needs of people trying to make a living and provide for their families. Not for these reasons. I just see flames, that’s all and I know that these flames may burn badly without even drawing my hands close. And they may burn, as the EPA has concluded, “Into Perpetuity.” I see a mine that may destroy too much, for the benefit of too few. And it will be hard to reverse this path, once it has begun. Are not the fittest, the ones who swim in these very waters, float on these waters and walk this great, green tundra?

Now is the time to voice your opinions. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency completed an Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosytems in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Please Read this document’s Executive Summary. It is a quick read and it gives a solid explanation of what is at stake. Keep in mind that this is a draft document and that by releasing it for public comment they hope to legitimize the document’s integrity so that it will be considered for policy moving forward. This is also an opportunity to put your opinions into the pot, that great big pot, so that what comes out is something you can swallow. The decision will set a precedent that will have a tremendous impact on the health of our planet moving forward.

Click Here to learn how to submit your comments on the issue. Or, if you are in the Pacific Northwest, or Alaska try to attend one of these meetings and voice your thoughts in person. NOTE: The meeting taking place in Seattle is next Thursday!

Here is a list of the public meetings that will be taking place over the following two weeks.  Let our government know where you stand!

Seattle , WA - Thursday, May 31, 2:00 pm
Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Street

Anchorage - Monday, June 4, 5:30 pm
University of Alaska, Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Dillingham: Tuesday, June 5, 11:30 am
Middle School Gymnasium

Naknek: Tuesday, June 5, 5:00 pm
Naknek School Auditorium

Levelock: Wednesday, June 6, 4:00 pm.
Rainbow Hall

Igiugig: Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 pm.
Igiugig Airport Hangar

Nondalton: Thursday, June 7, 5:00 pm
Nondalton Community Center

New Stuyahok: Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Cetuyaraq Community Center


1 comment :

  1. Pebble mine=abomination. Act now before they destroy the Bristol Bay fisheries.


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