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The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan raised new concerns about the risk of another nuclear reactor disaster.  The explosion of the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT gives our citizens cause to re-examine the risk assumed by the public. At this writing, the full extent of the damage to the plant, the community, and the environment is unknown - it will take years.

At the same time concerns over the high risks associated with extracting natural gas and as noted in a Financial Times article is "energy that comes from the same place as our drinking water. Extracting it had better be safe. The political fault lines over hydraulic fracturing (hence the term fracking) have been easy to predict for anyone paying attention to the controversies over climate change and genetically modified organisms. France’s national assembly voted to ban fracking while in the US its been full steam ahead in 32 states. These are high risk alternative energy sources. 

 

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Last of Energy Resources are in the Territories of Indigenous Peoples by Erick Gonzalez

OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez is founder and spiritual leader of Earth Peoples United whose mission in part is to connect people to the natural and spiritual world. More information on their site at earthpeoplesunited.org.  He was a presenter at Earth Day 2012 Conference held in Portland, Oregon and co-sponsored by the Earth & Spirit Council and Portland Community College (PCC) Sylvania campus.

This is an excerpt from a taped reply to the question "What gives us hope and heart to keep working on what is best for our Earth in the face of difficult changes?" He was videotaped by Tom Hopkins and added to the EarthSayers.tv, voices of sustainability, special collection by Ruth Ann Barrett, Curator.

He begins by reminding us we are all in the same boat.

EarthSayer Erick Gonzalez

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