Brain bites:

I honestly don’t know what to write for this prompt (Sacred).

Sacred seems too big a concept for me today. I thought first of the Sacred Headwaters and the battle that is being fought there, and then of the contention around the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipeline projects, followed by coastal populations, First Nations, wild and captive whales and the realities of climate change and fossil fuel dependence that are getting harder and harder to ignore.

I watched the documentary Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World and was completely captivated. There was real truth and beauty and strength in the work itself and in the people who came together to tell a story that I think the world needs to hear.

We’ve only got one planet and it needs our help. As then 12 year-old Severn Suzuki said speaking at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, “If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it” (2:37). The development of these energy and infrastructure projects is not fixing anything. The risk to our environment and our future is huge and should anything happen, we do not have the tools to fix it. And yet in the face of science and opposition, despite the finite nature of our resources and the precariousness of our future and that of future generation on this earth, we continue to exploit rather than protect the natural world, in favour of short term gains, delivered to a fraction of the population, while placing every one and everything else at risk of facing a problem with no solution.

Science World has a new exhibit upcoming. It’s a space for children aged 0-5 to learn to play. It’s scary that this is a thing now, that kids need to relearn how to play, to develop their brains away from screens and schedules, that you need to seek out green-space and navigate through layers of marketing and media to find products and information that isn’t toxic to your health or that of your child.

I guess, what I’m trying to say is that life is sacred. The natural world is sacred. Don’t take it for granted. Don’t distance yourself from it. Fight for it!

–Sam

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