Stealing from the bank account
The Kennecott Copper mine opened in 1911 in Alaska, the richest deposit of the mineral yet discovered. Much of the refined copper was used for bullets in WWI producing a profit that was unimaginable.
The Kennecott Glacier, shown here covered in glacial till, was high enough 100 years ago to completely hide the mountains in the background.
The impact of climate change on the Arctic is immense because a change of a degree can cause the reflective ice to melt and, as a consequence, the whole relationship to warming changes immediately.
Climate change, despite the President-elect’s believing it is a hoax, is real and can be measured in melting ice and rising ocean levels.
When you consider stored carbon—oil, coal, natural gas—is a bank account that has been filled by the sun and the Earth for millions of years, I think it is important to be honest that we have simply been raiding the bank for the past several hundred years.
A small part of what’s left of Kennecott Copper after the profits were taken—a grim reminder of the cost of “doing business.”
Meanwhile, every day the planet is washed with sunlight, wind and tides, the same energy that is stored in the “bank”, the same energy that has fueled this amazingly beautiful and intricate world. This energy is far in excess of what we could ever imagine harvesting, but we must scale our uses of energy to match what is accessible—to live within our means—and solve the fairly simple problems of sharing this immense wealth equitably—”cash flow”—and in ways that preserve this miraculous planet for our grandchildren’s grandchildren and the Earth itself, our long-term investments.
Humans have caused 10,000 times more extinctions than normal. Arctic oil development will both directly and indirectly exacerbate that trend.
We seem willing to sacrifice so much for a few dollars profit—children’s health for cheap energy, the Grand Canyon for uranium, all at a tremendous cost to all of us and the Planet.
Life overflows with miracles like giraffes. Can we pledge to keep room for diversity in a world we increasingly influence?
If President-elect Trump is the businessman he says he is, why does he continue to fill his administration with bank robbers and fail to see that even the 1% will be doomed when whales, glaciers and elephants are gone?
My friend Cindy hugs a 10,000 year old Baobab tree in Botswana. Where will President-elect Trump be in 10,000 years?
This entry was published on December 16, 2016 at 10:13 am. It’s filed under Alaska
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