With a political upheaval underway in Washington. It currently seems that more emphasis is being placed on industry and exploitation of natural resources than their protection. The recent introductions of HR 621, HR 622, the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule and the impending confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the EPA all but confirm a deliberate effort to destroy and marginalize the protections that currently apply to our public lands.
Many of us have been trying to keep a positive and politically neutral stance on this topic. Hoping for the best and that through thoughtful and less than intrusive protest we may stop this trend from growing. However, as we move into the unknown future, it is possible that circumstances will require us to do more. We must be able to organize, communicate, and be willing to commit to more intrusive and powerful protest. We must be able to stand together despite our differences and protect a common good. We must also be able to project our message and convince people that these things are worth the sacrifices we must make to have them in our lives.
In light of this we would like to a share a video documenting an effort of a community to consider the costs/benefits of a government-proposed mega-dam on the Susitna River in Alaska. We found it inspiring and welcome comments on this post. Enjoy!