The Dakota Access Pipeline

Hello everyone.

Today I want to talk about something extremely important, that ruins the water whom a thousand different lives depend on, not just native americans but animals too, ofcourse. I’m talking about The Dakota Access pipeline who’s set to be constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, crossing under the Missouri River which is the only source of water to the reservation. The pipeline is planned to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The potential of oil leaks would contaminate the only source of water for the reservation. While Dakota Access claims oil leaks are unlikely, an oil leak from a separate pipeline in North Dakota was discovered (8/15/16) to have leaked over 500 barrels of oil since the leak began on July 19, 2016. You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/2aVm5cv. A leak like this from the Dakota Access pipeline would leave the Standing Rock Sioux without any clean water. There are several demonstrations towards this, and I wish I could participate, but the laws here in America says that visitors without American citizenship can’t protest legally. Obviously, I’m not risking to be thrown out of the country. I can, however, spread awareness amongst the people I know and on other platforms, which in this case is my blog.

The Corps’ approval of the permit allows the oil company to dig the pipeline under the Missouri River just upstream of the reservation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s drinking water supply. An oil spill at this site would constitute an existential threat to the Tribe’s culture and way of life.

The Dakota Access Pipeline project, also known as Bakken Oil Pipeline, would extend 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal land, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat. The pipeline would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it will link with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Despite objections by the Standing Rock Sioux and other organizations, construction of the pipeline began.

Sources: here, here

 

I can’t express enough how important it is that you take action and sign the petition. Oil isn’t our future anyway, it’ll end some day and then what? We’ve ruined our water so we can’t use that as a source to for example electricity. It’s about time we start using our natural resources who are sustainable and recycable. It’s mine, ours, and your future we’re talking about. This should make you angry! How dare they destroy our earth and our future for the temporary pleasure of money and business? This is not the direction we want our world to take, I refuse.

SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

Sustainable Lifestyle (part two)

The three pillars of sustainability:

Economical development

This is the issue that proves the most problematic as most people disagree on political ideology what is and is not economically sound, and how it will affect businesses and by extension, jobs and employability. Economic development is about giving people what they want without compromising quality of life, especially in the developing world, and reducing the financial burden of doing what’s right.

Social development

This pillar contains first of all; awareness of and legislation protection of the health of people from pollution and other harmful activities of business and other organisations. Secondly, the importance of maintaining access to basic resources without compromising the quality of life. Sustainable housing  and how we can better build the homes we live in from sustainable material, is also a hot topic today. The final element is education – encouraging people to participate in environmental sustainability and teaching them about the effects of environmental protection as well as warning of the dangers if we cannot achieve our goals

Environmental protection

The tremendous harm we do to our environment today is the primary concern for the future of humanity. Environmental protection defines how we should study and protect our ecosystems, air quality, integrity and sustainability of our resources and focusing on the elements that stresses our environment. In addition,it concerns how technology will drive our greener future; the EPA recognized that developing technology is key to this sustainability, and protecting the environment of the future from potential damage that technological advances could potentially bring

The primary goals of having a sustainable lifestyle.

  • End poverty and hunger
  • Better our standards of education and healthcare.
  • Sustainability to include health of our land, air and sea.
  • Tackling the effects of climate change, pollution, and other environmental factors that harms people’s health, lives, and livelihood.

I could have written so much more about this subject, but I decide to end it here. I’ll get back to it on a later occasion, I don’t want to overflow you with too much text and information at once.

Just some quick facts to end it with.

The main source of environmental harm

The meat industry/ animal agriculture – THE ONE INDUSTRY THAT HARMS OUR PLANET MORE THAN ANY OTHER.

  • A source of 51% of all greenhouse gasses.
  • A meatbased diet requires 18 times more land than a plantbased diet.
  • Responsible for 65% of the all human caused nitrous oxide emissions (a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide).
  • Number 1 cause of rainforest destruction.
  • Responsible for 91% of the Amazon rainforest destruction.

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Everyday ONE vegan saves:

  • 1100 gallons of water
  • 45 pounds of grain
  • 30 sq. ft. of forest land
  • 20lbs CO2 equivalent
  • 1 animals life
  • A vegan diet also cut our carbon footprint by 50%.

Being a superhero has never been easier. Go vegan.

Puh! that’s it for sustainability today.

Have an awesome day!

Sources:

“What Is Sustainability and Why Is It Important?” Environmental Science. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

Sustainable Lifestyle

Since I’m currently working on a project where I’ll speak about sustainable lifestyle, which is a subject I’m very passionate about, I wanted to give you a brief summary of what it is and why it matters so much. During lunch some days ago, me and my friend started talking about the speech, and when I told her what my thesis statement was, she told me she didn’t know what a sustainable lifestyle is. That shocked me a little bit, but I’m glad she did, because it gave me a reminder of how important it is to inform people about the matter. Talking and surrounding myself with people who’s well informed about the topic, makes it easy to forget that many actually know little to none about the lifestyle.

What is it?

A lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual‘s or society‘s use of the Earth‘s natural resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by alternative methods of transportation, energy consumption, and eating habits. They use as few resources as possible and cause the least amount of environmental damage for future generations to deal with. 

Why do it?

First, let me tell you, I could go on and on about this question until the day I die, but I’ll try my best to make this paragraph as sort as possible. However, The United Nations panel of over two thousand scientists warns that the planet is heating up rapidly -by as much as 11 degrees farenheit this century. Further, half of the worlds population are living on less than two dollars a day. A pack of gum costs more than that. My point is, we have enough resources to feed all the people in the world if we share them evenly, but richer countries over-consume, while poor countries starve. At the same time, we are ruining our environment, mostly with greenhouse gas emissions and waste. If everyone performed a sustainable lifestyle, this would not be as big of a problem.

Most political and corporate leaders thinks that environmental and social progress will result from more economic growth, the globalization of trade and commerce, and unfettered enterprise. They claim the ability to lift people out of poverty, protect the natural world, and generate more wealth is through expansion of the global marketplace. This perspective assumes that the planet will provide infinite resources and the ability to absorb infinite waste… Hello? We don’t have that, and we never will. Period.

The answer to these problems, is that the majority of the worlds population take action towards a more sustainable lifestyle. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

I will go deeper into why and how in a part.2. This post is very long already and I want people to read it, without getting scared away by seeing too much text in one post. It’ll be up tomorrow!

 

Sources:

Schor, Juliet, and B. S. Taylor. Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century. Boston: Beacon, 2002. Print.