Like the corners of my mind,
Misty, water-coloured memories..."
Lyrics from "The Way we Were" sung by Barbra Streisand 1973
Have you ever considered memories? I mean, really considered memories?
The memory of your first love?
The memory of the first time you drove a car?
The memory of the birth of your first child?
The memory of your first harvest from your garden?
The memory of a friend or loved one no longer with you?
Those are all human memories. Some of them fade with the passage of time, Some are kept alive with physical reminders, like photographs, or inheritances, etc. Some of them become more rose-hued. But most of human memories are good ones - for the body's natural defense comes into play with bad memories - literally wiping them out in order to protect one from the destructive lingering negative impact that such memories could have on our lives. Aren't we the lucky ones :)
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Now, if you watched the videos on the water link from the posting I did on 26th July, then you will be aware that even water has a memory.
So my final question is - have you considered that the land has a memory? Whatever mark we make / leave on the land, remains in some form or another. Those marks could be through...
...the production of the grid power we consume;
...or through the greenhouse gasses we create - knowingly or unknowingly;
...or through a structure we place on the land;
...or a dam we build, which alters the course / flow of the water...
This thought came about because last night we watched an episode of our local "Special Assignment" which focussed on Shell South Africa and their proposed fracking in the Karoo, South Africa.
The Chairman of Shell SA, Mr Bonang Mohale, and a "expert" (who's name I can't remember) stated that 95% of the substance they force into the ground consists of water, 4.5% sand, and less than half a percent of "other". Now, my maths may not be that good, but that sum doesn't add up to 100%!
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The "less that half a percent" could consist of flour, or a substance they put in foodstuffs, or whatever - they were very careful to not mention any "heavy" chemicals. I wonder why?
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Imagine our Karoo looking like this?
Just because they are capping them, it doesn't mean the wells are sealed. Water cannot be contained - especially underground. And this isn't just water - this is now contaminated water, which has to contaminate other clean water it mingles with over time.
And what about the salty water in the flowbacks? And the effect that that will have on the land and the vegetation.
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Isn't this a thing of beauty
Can Shell guarantee 100% that our pristine Karoo environment will not be contaminated? The self-same environment which contains fossils, clues and samples of the origin on this planet and of mankind, which can be found no where else on this planet? If you can't, Shell, why on earth (with or without the pun) are you even considering fracking? This action is tantamount to drilling a fracking well near "Old Faithful", or Ayers Rock, or Stonehenge.
What gives Shell, or any other oil company, the right to dictate what is going to happen to this precious planet of ours?
Is our Government strong enough to withstand the lure of financial stimulus, be that personal or national, versus what is in the best interests of the planet? Are they strong enough? History is not great on this... neither here at home, nor abroad.
Please, please - if you haven't already signed the fracking petition, please click on the link on the right hand side of my blog, or on the links below, and put your name where it just might help... Help us preserve our children, and our children's children's, heritage (and prevent the wealthy oil companies get richer, at the very costly expense of this planet).
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A sad sight for any farmers eyes...
Or you can go to Treasure the Karoo's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stopfracking If you would like first hand information, please go to their blog.
You can also get a (basic) letter that you can e-mail to both the Petroleum Agency in South Africa and / or to the Director General of the Department of Water in South Africa at Greenpeace.
Please - if you do nothing else - please sign the petition. You don't have to be in South Africa to sign it. Some of you have written and told me of your first hand experiences of fracking in your neighbourhood. Help us prevent that happening here. And all of you who haven't yet signed the petition - shake off your lethargy, and, possibly, for the first time, take a stand. Yours may just be the deciding vote...
Every single action we make, every second, of every day, has a reaction. Has a result. Please, make a good action today.
Let's not leave just a memory of the land we enjoy and (sometimes) take for granted, for our children to wonder about at some point in the future... :)