Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pebble Mine In Alaska


Original post from FELT SOUL MEDIA...
...November 14, 2008, Ben and I stood before 500 people at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to show Red Gold [what an honor]. On the very same day, just a block away from the theater in the Bureau of Land Management building, President’s Bush’s staff put out a Record of Decision for the Bristol Bay Area Management Plan. It opened nearly 2 million acres of federal land surrounding the Pebble Site to mining exploration. 2 million acres. So while citizens continue to battle development of the Pebble mine on Alaskan State land, we now face the worst – Pebble amidst a mining district in the heart of the world’s largest remaining sockeye salmon fishery. When the Obama administration comes into office, our leaders of change will have 30 days to reverse this decision.

State Land. Federal Land. To me, the land classifications are borders drawn for management purposes. But in reality Bristol Bay and its pristine waters, the abundant wild salmon runs, the life this watershed sustains are global resources we cannot replace.
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The rhythm and images of Red Gold continues putting impacts in my head. I can not stop thinking and watching the movie over and over again. After receiving the DVD for less than 24 hours, I already watched it for 4 times. Every time I watched, the sorrow get deeper and I feel helpless. Although this is not the first time I involved myself in environmental issues. The sympathy and helpless feel just never worn away.
There are several thing I really don't understand. If we can not save this magnificent ecosystem in the 21 century in the US. What can we do for the tropical rain forest? If we keep picture this as a local issues, regional issues, and hand the decision to a few politician. What can we do for this planet? I am so confused...

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