On November 6, 2011, an estimated 12,000 people circled the White House in protest of the Keystone Pipeline. We were reminding President Obama of the promise he and many Presidents before him made to decrease our dependency on oil and combat poisonous green house gasses.
I attended the Keystone Pipeline protest
I was in attendence opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline along with the thousands of others. The rally was peaceful and surprisingly uplifting. This was the first protest or rally of any kind that I have ever attended. At 37 years old, I think it’s sad that I haven’t been as active as I am now becoming. Our parents grew up in time when people voiced their feelings and opinons often. It’s what Democracy allows, it’s the freedom of peaceful expression. As our country and civilization continue to fail, I expect to continue voicing my concerns and ideas.
The rally was a mix of various groups, from Occupy DC to No Fracking. Our government is not looking out for most of us, they are looking out for themselves, for the power that enables them to remain in power. It’s a vicious cycle with dire consequences. For those that believe in trickle down economics, understand that it’s not applicable today. It’s not the wealthy, it’s the powerful that reap today’s benefits. There is no trickle down economics in an economy that has fewer and fewer rich citizens. It’s not moral when one’s wealth and power comes at the expense of another’s health or well being.
This is our world today, and this is why we must organize and act. It’s now our turn to protect the health of our children and ensure an improved future.