Green is where the Heart Is for November 1st, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:00

“Only when the last fish is gone, the last river poisoned, the last tree cut down...will mankind realize they cannot eat money.”  ~Greenpeace

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Sunday afternoon Randy and I took the day off and went downtown Wilmington (always a treat as we remarked, “we should do this more often,”) to tour the Greenpeace ship, Artic Sunrise, docked at the Pier at Port City Marina.
Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  It takes no money from corporations or governments, nor do they endorse politicians.  They are funded through individual donations by 250,000 members in the US and 2.8 million members worldwide. Because they are not financially obligated to anyone’s particular greedy agenda, they are free to proceed with their goal to protect our coasts, our communities, our climate.
Their mission being: Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
The ship we toured has a rich history. According to their website, “The Russian government seized the ship in 2013, along with 30 peaceful activists when Greenpeace protested Arctic oil drilling by the Russian company Gazprom. It was also the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic. It has worked to stop Japanese whaling fleets’ attempts to pursue their so-called scientific whaling program, chased private vessels fishing illegally, navigated both the Congo and the Amazon, performed independent assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and most recently departed Europe where we protested oil drilling in the Norwegian Arctic.”
Protecting our oceans is one of their objectives.  This is near and dear to us in Kure Beach, NC, ground zero for the plea to ban seismic testing off our coast.  In January 2013, 300 activists like you and like me, came to a town hall meeting and said, “NO” to the representative from America’s Energy Forum.  We said, “NO” to the former mayor of Kure Beach (who accidently got this ball rolling,) and we said, “NO” to President Obama and Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior overseeing the Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM.)  On January 6, 2017 BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper said, “In the present circumstances and guided by an abundance of caution, we believe that the value of obtaining the geophysical and geological information from new airgun seismic surveys in the Atlantic does not outweigh the potential risks of those surveys’ acoustic pulse impacts on marine life. Since federal waters in the Mid and South Atlantic have been removed from leasing consideration for the next five years, there is no immediate need for these surveys.”  We felt we won….momentarily, and then, you know what happened January 20, of this year.  A new president was inaugurated and with him came a new cabinet.  By May 10th, Secretarial Order 3350, which implemented President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, reversed a decision by the previous administration that ordered the BOEM to deny the permit applications.
According to the current BOEM website, “Seismic surveys are not expected to have significant impacts on marine mammal populations or the environment given the use of advanced technology and other safeguards that are currently required. BOEM currently employs mitigation measures and safeguards to reduce or eliminate impacts to marine life while setting a path forward for appropriate G&G survey activities off the Mid- and South Atlantic coast to update data on the region’s offshore resources.”
Greenpeace.org disagrees with the current administration’s reckless abandonment of the moratorium, identifying 5 significant dangers to marine life caused by seismic testing including hearing loss, “freeze and sink” response, ice entrapment, stopping whale songs, and stress. Stress? Yes, stress.  
“Seismic blasts are loud. Up to and sometimes over 260 decibels below the surface, which is eight times louder than a jet engine heard 50 meters away on land. Sounds at this level can burst human ear drums, but whales are much more sensitive to sounds than we are. Seismic blasts under water can cause whales to experience temporary or permanent hearing loss, which impacts nearly every aspect of a whale's daily activities – navigating, communicating, searching for food – since they rely on echolocation,” says their website.
Our tour guide today said these sonic blasts can be heard 2,500 miles away.  That’s like going from NYC to Las Vegas.  They can be happening every 10 seconds for 24 hours a day continuously for several months.  You know when sound is stressful?  When you have no control over it.  If you don’t know what I am saying, let your partner control the remote to the TV channels.  
You decide who to believe.  Personally, I believe the organization that will not profit from drilling in our ocean.  If you are opposed to seismic testing which is the gateway drug to drilling in the ocean, take action NOW.  Text ‘no drilling’ to 877877. Take a nonviolent direct action.  The whales thank you.  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 colors, fabrics, new/remodel home product selections, incorporating green, healthy living. Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park 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, 29 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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