There continues to be little good environmental news anywhere in the world. One bad report after another or more rampant stupidity by government and business officials one one issue or another.
And then there is today’s news about the North Dakota pipeline.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers has blocked further work in the pipeline in North Dakota – for the time being.
This is a twin victory of sorts for Native Americans and their supporters. This hits somewhat close to home for me since I spent some time as a kid in Sioux lands in South Dakota.
1) Pipeline supporters scoff at Sioux claims about ‘sacred lands’ as feeble. But the historical recognition of land by the Sioux doesn’t mesh with the white man’s legal system of deeds and acres and private ownership. Native Americans instead saw the land as an entity, not a ‘thing’ to be owned or fenced in.
2) The environment wins. If the pipeline were to have ruptured, how do you contain a spill once it seeps into the underlying aquifer? Answer: you don’t.
There is another specter on the horizon: soon-to-be President Trump may come to the defense of the pipeline company, which has already vowed to continue it’s dirty work along the original route. Trump may order the Corps of Engineers to stand down, which will only serve to ramp up the protesters again.
Someone is picking up my path. Hallelujah!
I’ve inexplicably seen less and less trash along my route, notably along Sharon View and Colony Roads. This notable decrease has been witnessed over the past few weeks. Each of my bags is filled with substantially less litter and junk.
It could mean a couple of things; A) miscreants have wised up and are dumping less junk (highly unlikely) or B) someone is doing my job for me.
I think it’s the latter.
There is no clue as to whom the Sidewalk Savior is but if I ever see them at work I’ll … shake their hand and thank them profusely.
This is nirvana. My walks are quicker, cleaner and more satisfying. Whoever you are, thank you.