If we don't take too much, we can have heaven on earth.
As a child, my family would take a vacation once a year by driving from Canada down to South Carolina. One of the best parts of our trip was passing through West Virgina and seeing the beautiful mountains awash in fall colors. Our eyes would search for, and find deer leaping on the hills. West Virginia is a place of breathtaking beauty. There is nothing more sacred or permanent than a mountain. How could a mountain die?
Now I've discovered that in order to extract even more coal, more cheaply, the Appalacian Mountains and communities the live there are being destroyed by a new form of coal mining: Mountain Top Removal. These mountains are being destroyed forever. Toxins from the mining then run downstream to anyone further south in the water supply.
It makes me think of what is happening in Canada in Northern Alberta with the Tar Sands. The Tar Sands are also a relatively new form of oil extraction that literally chew up the Boreal Forest - the lungs of the world. Like Mountain Top Removal, the Tar Sands are permanently destroying land the size of the state of Florida for cheap oil. They are poisoning and destroying the way of life of Canada's First Nations Peoples, causing cancers, devastating fresh water supplies, and taking away from all life this beautiful land. These two tragedies are connected to two very unsustainable forms of energy: oil and coal.
Meanwhile in Fukushima, Japan another form of energy - nuclear power is connected to the permanent destruction of land. Nuclear waste has leaked onto the precious land in Japan, causing an evacuation. In all cases, our need for these resources has reached the very soil and earth we need to survive on is being destroyed. Since we all need land, this is destroying life in the long term. Across the world, we people must be united in our call for safe Renewable Energy such as wind and solar. And we must empower one another in our communities to speak up for justice and live more simply, but more happily.
Renewable energy and living more simply are very simple solutions to protecting this beautiful earth. And to respecting the people who have lived on this land for generations. Do we really need a thousand electronic devices rather than a happy healthy planet and justice for its citizens?
Here's an important video on how we can stop Mountain Top Removal. I would also add that reducing our electricity consumption will also take the pressure off this earth that belongs to all past, present, and future generations of animals and people.
Clayton Thomas Muller on the Devastating Consequences of the Tar Sands: