I’m a lot of things… but an “activist” isn’t one of them.
You are not likely to see me holding a sign that says “Down with &*#?!” any time soon or anywhere close.
I’m more or a guy that is “for” something rather than “against” something.
May people aren’t “for” things because there is positive effort in being a “for” person and it seems that human nature leans more toward the negative, or “against” posture.
Blah, blah… and… blah.
Here’s what I do… because I am a “non-activist.”
I saw a film about a certain oil company that apparently did some major damage in our gulf coast some years ago that likely destroyed the fishing business and the families that depended on it.
By the way… if you are someone who loves fish and the business is destroyed you can always go get lesser fish from some store somewhere for a greater price. As the consumer you/we have many choices. As the fisherman… if your waters are contaminated… you’re screwed. No livelihood… no food on the table… no college education for junior.
That’s bad stuff. It’s hard enough being a fisher family without adding a mutant, inedible catch to the equation.
But I digress…
In the film was another company who apparently did some major damage in Alaska some years back that was reportedly cleaned up and actually may have not been.
I saw the pictures and video of the sea creatures hopelessly fluttering around with oil soaked, useless wings.
It hurt my soul.
More families who can no longer put food on their tables because someone in a board room took the food out of their nets.
I know… I’m starting to sound a little like an activist here…
But you won’t find me with a sign in front of a building or a gas station. You likely won’t find me trudging through the gulf in hip boots trying to find out if the ground and water is still destroyed by someone’s negligence or checking to see if they lied to us all when they said that they had the problem “handled.” You won’t even find me checking to see if this company really did hire all the fishing boats in the area to huddle in one place to make it “look” as if they were doing amazing things for the community in a collective effort to clean up a horrible mistake.
I’m not going to do any of that… because… I’m not an activist. I’m not even really a “green” person. I drive the Volt because it’s made here and allows me to pass by more gas stations than anyone who doesn’t drive one.
I like that feeling.
What I am is a consumer.
I can get my fish anywhere. I know that sounds cold… but it’s true.
But what is also true is that I can get what little gas and oil I CONSUME anywhere also.
I have choices.
So do you.
I CHOOSE to get my gas and oil from any company other than the two I didn’t mention up there.
I don’t do that because I know that they are guilty of gross negligence and destroying two of the most beautiful and lucrative fishing areas in the world…
I do that because they might have.
I can get my gas and oil anywhere. I know that sounds cold… but it’s true.
And so can you.
Buy local gas and oil if you think that, perhaps, those places with the big signs and great coffee may not be telling the truth.
I’m not suggesting that this is going to put them out of business or even make a dent in their self defined profits.
What I’m suggesting is that I prefer to error on the side of the fishermen and their families at the gas pump.
It’s a slow repair… but somehow it is working to fix that hole in my soul I experienced when I saw those pictures and video.
Sometimes it’s not only what you DO that counts… It’s also what you DON’T do.
I’m a non-activist. Maybe one day someone will get a photo of me pushing my car pat the big green sign or the blue and white one that extra half mile to the local gas station.
Yeah… I’m that stubborn. Always have been.
How about you?
What can you NOT do this week to make YOUR voice heard?