Now that we are in Dallas, we are in the process of coordinating and planning our actions for the week we are in the city. This brings me back to the first action we did in Houston with Environmental Action. Ride For The Future met Drew Hudson and a couple other activists on a rainy afternoon June 30th in downtown Houston. Our plan for the action was to walk around the block to five different oil corporation offices and vocally charge them for all the environmental and social damages they have caused.
I volunteered to speak about British Petroleum and what their lack of safety valves have discharged into the Gulf ocean, over 200,000,000 gallons of oil. The oil covered silky feathers of pelicans. The oil impelled crabs to lose their claws. The oil forced fishermen to retire from their livelihood and fall into unemployment. It is the same oil causing extreme respiratory illnesses of those living off the coast. The oil is still lurking in the Gulf waters today; hidden at the bottom thanks to chemical dispersants.
Before I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend school, the oil spill occurred. Although this hasn’t been the first Gulf spill, it was certainly the biggest. And because the Gulf was destined to be my new home, it mortified my spirit to watch my favorite ocean slowly deteriorate into a dead zone. I made a promise to myself that I would help restore the Gulf.
In a recent interview, Rex Tillerson admitted that global warming will be a challenge in the future, but the solution to the climate changing is just for us to adapt to it. “We [humans] have spent our entire existence adapting, OK? So we will adapt to this. Changes to weather patterns that move crop production areas around — we’ll adapt to that. It’s an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions” (Tillerson interview by Alan Murray from Wall Street Journal). We felt that this sort of comment was similar to Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake,” response to the hungry peasants. At the end of our action we all gobbled a chunk of patriotic cake while trying to digest the solutions these companies have for combating climate change. None of us will stomach these notions and that is why all of us continue to fight in the biggest social and environmental movement of our time, the Green Movement.
I see our actions in Dallas contributing to not only strengthening the movement, but educating more people about why this topic is important to not only the world but our future. Please check out our facebook page to learn more about our events and how you can be a part of them and where you can attend.