A few weeks ago, while waiting for my flight at Midway Airport, a lady sitting next to me started a conversation. She was the type of person I felt I’d known all of my life, as we had an instant rapport, and shared many interests in common. She worked for the gas industry, and suggested that I watch the documentary Gasland. Ironically, I’d forgot that it was already in my Netflix que, and was waiting for me when I returned home.
I finally watched it last night, and let me tell you it was such an eye opener, I am inspired to share it with you and to tell everyone I know to watch it. I’m even inspired to begin a new blog topic-Environmental health.
Gasland is about fracking, hydraulic fracturing of the earth’s crust, creating a mini earthquake to release natural gas deposits. I first heard about this process a few years ago, and while it didn’t sound like a good idea to me, I had no idea how toxic and widespread (across the US) it actually is.. People living near the fracking sites are experiencing all types of illnesses, and serious diseases, and are dying. Animals, and birds are dying too, as the water tables are being poisoned with hundreds of toxins used in the process. They are literally being poisoned to death. You can watch the first documentary here. Gasland II was released in 2013. Click here to visit the site.
Interesting addendum: The day after I wrote this post, I must admit it was one of the few times I was deeply distressed by what I discovered. I was guided to do additional research, and fortunately discovered this uplifting post about the people in a town took a stand and stopped fracking, despite being told by everyone, including supportive lawyers that they couldn't. This reminds me of the great truth that all things work together for good, despite appearances that suggest otherwise, I believe they do. It also called into my mind Gandhi's quote, :"Be the change you want to see in the word." True that!
I hope this video uplifts and inspires you as it did me.