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Southern California Horrific Oil Spill -- Love for Ocean & Her Creatures

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Why these atrocities continue !!!!

Trajectories of oil spill frequencies, quantities of micro plastics, the extent of plastic islands, dead spots acidification, temperatures and directions of currents can all be scientifically measured and graphed . Yet, even though scientists are quantifying these escalating trajectories, we are lacking sufficient collective motivation to significantly reduce the human impacts which propel them.

Why? -- because we see our nature-relatives as objects rather than as living, self organizing centers, to whom we should be saying “Thou?” How would knowing the ocean as "Mother," affect our collective sense of urgency about what we put or throw into Her?

Representing an indigenous prospective, Marylou Awiakta writes:

When Earth Becomes an “It”

When the people call Earth “Mother,”

they take with love

and with love give back

so that all may live.

When the people call Earth “it,”

they use her

consume her strength.

Then the people die.

Already the sun is hot

out of season.

Our mother’s breast

is going dry.

She is taking all green

into her heart

and will not turn back

until we call her

by her name.

Indigenous environmental movements around the planet demonstrate an intertwining of protection for their homelands, biodiversity and reaffirmation for cultures that support the honoring of Earth’s non-human life as relatives.. North Americans have witnessed the willingness of many tribal peoples to put their lives on the line to protect waters and forest; thereby, presenting hopeful inspiration to others to also step forth in support of our natural environment, our only nesting place.

Echoing the heart song of Marylou Awiakta, Brooke Medicine Eagle sings, “Mother Ocean.”

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