“Since 2010, over 3,3000 incidents of crude oil and liquefied natural gas leaks or ruptures have occurred on U.S. pipelines." says Amanda Starbuck from the Center For Effective Government. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration claim that 7 million gallons of crude oil have be released in these leaks. To place a pipeline crossing the Missouri River (currently 18 million people depend on this waterway for drinking water) when we have viable renewable resources is irresponsible.
But this is not only an environmental issue. The pipeline route was moved from crossing Bismark, ND because the primarily white residents of the city didn't want to put their waters at risk. The pipeline violates treaty lands and puts the waters and land of the Standing Rock Sioux at great risk for contamination.
Join me in getting involved with the fight that has moved from the ground to the courts.
You can donate, or simply stay up to date at: Stand With Standing Rock
The film Blackfish changed my life. I came out of the movie theater ready to carry the orcas out of their cruel, captive homes one by one.
I settled on a much more realistic course of action. I became more aware of my plastic usage, adjusted the way I consume seafood, and I 'adopted' an orca (L119 Joy) from The Whale Museum. Founded in 1976, they have one of the most comprehensive wild orca databases in the world -- studying and promoting stewardship of America's very own population of southern resident orcas. This population in at incredible risk, and the money 'adopters' give goes to education of the public, and the protection of these beautiful creatures.
Many people neglect the ocean and it's wide array of species when they discuss conservation and their own efforts to help the planet. The ocean can seem like a dark place full of alien species. But these are creatures and ecosystems that make our planet the bright and vibrant home it is.
There are dozens of ways to get involved -- some simpler than others. Start with small acts like being more careful about recycling, or dive right in an adopt one of the Salish Sea's beautiful orcas!