Sunday, August 7, 2011
A Message to North Carolina
Today, my friend Barbara encouraged me to go with her to Through This Lens Gallery in Durham to see a presentation by four photojournalists on the importance of documentation in the face of disaster. It was all about the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. The thing that hit me like a hard dose of reality was a film that Todd Tinkham and my friend Molly Matlock are making about what could very easily happen to our beautiful North Carolina coast if the greedy politicians and the greedy oil companies start drilling off of our coast. We saw a clip of the film and I encourage you to watch it if you love the coast as much as I do. I had no IDEA this was happening, WHY don't I know what's going on!? Because there is no investigative journalism anymore, there are no newspapers that can afford to investigate anything.We don't even get a paper any more because there is nothing worth reading in them. USA Today had as their lead story this week the TOP TEN FOOTBALL TEAMS. And none of us seem to have any time to care about issues like this. I can't even get my own family to pay attention to me as I am ranting around the house about this, they don't seem to have the time to sit down with me and even watch a 7 MINUTE video for crying out loud! Let me tell you what I learned today: the wetlands in Louisiana are disappearing at the rate of a piece of land the size of a football field every HOUR! This country better wake up, I'm just saying. (Click on the voices link above to go to vimeo if you want to see a larger version.)
In their words:
A brief and important message to the state of North Carolina from the gulf coast of Louisiana about the realities of allowing big gas and oil companies to drill and develop in your communities.
As our state government often seems unable to protect us and our environment from large corporations, it is vital that we contact our state legislators and tell them to support Governor Perdue's veto of Senate bill # 709.