Fight for the environment |

Fight for the environment

Are the victims of an industrial explosion different from the victims of terrorism? Expanding that question, are victims of industrial pollution victims of terrorism?

The terrorists in these cases are big industries who make a profit from the explosions and the pollution. Ridiculous, you say. Do you think there is increased money to be made from lack of regulation on a fertilizer plant; or lack of regulation on coal production, or a gas extraction method, such as fracking, with its mystery components and unmeasured air pollution?

It is a fact that in Beijing, China, children cannot exercise outside because of the sickening air pollution. Vacations are holidays to “clean air destinations.”

Parents with the means are leaving China altogether. These parents are listening to studies that justify their fears of long-term effects such as a suggested link between autism and “exposure of pregnant women to traffic related air pollution.” As quoted in The New York Times, “One woman with an ailing son hopes to emigrate. ‘Otherwise we’ll choke to death.’” But of course pollution travels, too.

Here’s where I suggest that if you love your children and grandchildren, not to mention the planet, the responsibility to protect them has become much more complicated. Find a way to fight for the environment.

I’m sure it involves sacrifice of both time and lifestyle, even for those of us who live thoughtfully; especially for those. Be actively against money in politics, local and national. Observe where this money promotes bad science, be it sage-grouse or pipeline studies. Think about it on your next clean air vacation. We cannot be smug, silent or serene.

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs

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