My personal connection is simple. Every summer my grandchildren dip their bodies into Lake Michigan at our cottage on Beaver Island which is 35 miles from Pipeline 5. The water is clean and beautiful. Knowledge of the 68-year-old pipeline carrying million of gallons of oil so close to my beach has motivated me. I now know more about the oil industry and the devastating of spills and pollution worldwide than I ever thought.
You know the beauty and sacredness of the Straits of Mackinac if
- you have crossed the Mackinac Bridge,
- stood on the shores either north or south,
- witnessed the counting of raptor birds,
- attended the “Water is Life” festival by Council of Three Fires on Labor Day weekend,
- know that a high risk of devastation violates the Treaty of 1836 by 5 Indigenous Tribes,
- know that 40 million people drink this water,
- fished, boated or observed the beautiful nature of these waters,
- you have dipped your body into these waters,
- you understand the sacredness of fresh water…because Water is Life, then
My favorite websites for getting accurate information about Pipeline 5 include Oil and Water Don’t Mix and FLOW (For Love of Water). You will see different sets of “facts” between the reports of Enbridge Pipeline Company versus those of advocates against the Pipeline 5 and the building of the tunnel. Building the tunnel is a huge question right now, with environmental risks. Always question the intent of the source.
Lately, many ads have been sponsored by oil companies and unions about the jobs and benefits that the “tunnel” will supply. These are short term jobs, and many will be filled by out-of-state workers. An alternative would be jobs building solar arrays, geothermal systems, and wind energy all around the state. These jobs would be ongoing and pay well and be located near every hometown in Michigan. There are alternatives, always.
The big picture is that “climate change threatens to destroy the ability of humans to live on Earth.” Let this sink in, and then decide long-term what is more important – fossil fuels threatening our Great Lakes or reaching out for alternatives. Make a “connection” that inspires you to take an action!!!