“Imagine we were invaded by a race of aliens, who destroyed our oceans, fouled our air, contaminated our rivers and lakes, killed our wildlife, poisoned our people. Would we just lie there and take it? Or would we unify, mobilize, rise up, fight them with all our strength and all our resources?
I sat listening, mesmerized, last Sunday (January 15) in the dining room of Captain Whidbey Inn, in Washington, to Kathleen Dean Moore, American philosopher, environmentalist and writer.
“Then why are we allowing government and big business to do this?”
Moore was not speaking about Canada, but that’s where my mind went.
“It’s not just stupid, it’s wrong to wreck the world. To take what we need for our comfortable lives and leave a ransacked and dangerously unstable world for the future is not worthy of us as moral beings.”
Maybe it’s not reasonable to expect politicians to look beyond the next election. Stephen Harper is from Alberta. It’s probably not in him to rein in the greed and exploitation of the oil producers in the tar sands. It would make any politician pause, with the potential loss of so much money and so many jobs. It needs to be Canadian people who look up, who register their anger and distress over the poisoning of the land and water, the rise in cancer rates in nearby communities, the wasteland that is the tar sands. To destroy land, water, people, animals for money and jobs is wrong. Moore has it right. We’d never stand for aliens doing this. Why are we doing it to ourselves?