Green is where the Heart Is for March 23rd, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 23 March 2016 04:00

“People who live in those communities aren’t “far-left activists.” They’re small business owners, fishermen and ordinary folks who choose to live on or near the beach for its beauty and serenity. Their views should count as much as those from within the oil industry.”  - A Super Editorial from the Greensboro News & Record.

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

When Obama ran for office in 2008, I thought his environmental policies were more in line with my own, opposed to McCain’s gist of “drill baby drill” and Palin’s recommendation "...trust the oil industry."  I was heartbroken in March of 2010 when the white house announced the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration. In 2013 when Sally Jewell, recipient of the National Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award 2009, was  approved as the Secretary of the Interior, I thought, assuredly with her dedication and expertise to advance conservation, this “exploration” would come to a halt.  
Little did I know that I, and my community around me, COULD make a difference in changing political policy.  In January 2014, Kure Beach residents sounded the brigade and even though the mayor and council at that time did not heed our call, a change in office, two years and 99 resolutions from other forward thinking coastal communities encouraged Kure Beach council in January of 2016 to hear the residents and become the 100th town to unanimously oppose this policy.  Residents and businesses on our island were vocal about NOT wanting this risk in our backyard and our voices were heard.  Local input was valuable beyond measure on a national level.    
Last week President Obama announced a total reversal delaying this potential travesty.  
“It’s a decision that speaks volumes to the importance of voicing one’s opinion and local input in the political process,” said U. S. Rep (R) Mark Sanford of South Carolina. “Residents along our coast should be proud of the way they united on this issue and sent a compelling message to Washington.”
Unfortunately, our Gov. Pat McCrory (chairman of the energy industry-affiliated Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition)  does not think like us.  He insinuated that conservationists ‘have no problem importing energy resources from countries hostile to the United States.’ That is far from the truth.  I, as a conservationist, believe there is a way to protect and preserve our environment and wildlife while at the same time researching and refining renewable and sustainable energy resources.  Let those be the new jobs to be created.  
I never thought of myself as an environmental activist. I am just a grandmother who wants to make sure this planet is livable for my grandchildren and their children and because of that, I will stand up to bullies who put me down for voicing my opinion.  I will say, “NO,” to seismic testing if I believe it harms our precious marine ecosystem. I will rally my neighbors to oppose threats to our beaches and livelihoods even if scary Goliath is ‘Big Oil.’ I stand with Surfriders and Oceana and Rachel Carson and all those before us who fought to create and preserve state and national parks which we now enjoy. I encourage you to do the same.  Vote to remove those from office who do not respect our wonderful mother nature. I am not a ‘far-left activist’ as the Governor accuses. I am a mama bear and I will do whatever I need when my cubs and their habitat are endangered.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile. 

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