As of Thursday, July 2, 2015
Not all CL wants Nestlé
First, I would like to thank all of the townspeople who came out and endured extreme heat on July 25 to attend the town hall in Cascade Locks. I saw a great many of our residents with very pertinent things to say about the Nestlé water bottling project. A point of clarification: the groups NO Nestlé in Cascade Locks/Local Water Alliance represented at the meeting are made up largely of our own citizens. Local Water Alliance is almost exclusively residents of Cascade Locks.
The format the city planned for the town hall completely ignored the accepted practices for creating a conversation. When doing my own research on facilitation, the group I was corresponding with (Six Rivers Mediation in Hood River) told me how the town hall was organized is exactly how NOT to do it. Additionally, the first facilitator they hired was a PR guy known for his methods of marginalizing critics. All of this leads me to believe the city has not been sincere in trying to find out what the people really want.
Yes, the meeting got a little rowdy. There are a lot of Cascade Locks residents who are sick and tired of being ignored and dismissed.
Wholesale acceptance of the project in Cascade Locks is not as pervasive as the city would like everyone to think. I realize this almost every day as word gets out and more and more citizens rally around the opposition. It sounds to me like the letter writers here just want the opponents to be quiet and let the city make an irresponsible decision with no dissent. I have not observed the city to pay attention to any information other than what Nestlé has told us, therefore the citizens are only getting one side of the story.
We can do better.
Cascade Locks City Council
Commit to climate justice
As I was luxuriating in my shower the other morning, my mind wandered to water. Water we consume that is essential for life, that can render us weightless, that cleanses and refreshes, the music of water in the ocean surf and the cascading falls. It was during this particular shower, just a few days ago, when I turned off the water to soap up and decided to recommit myself to climate justice.
Having experienced a severe drought in San Diego during the late 80s early 90s; I remembered how diligently many responded to the county’s recommendations: replace lawn grass with xeriscape (“dry” landscaping), replace shower heads with low-flow types, install low-volume flush kits in toilets, only flush when necessary, turn off water while brushing teeth, and while soaping up in the shower. Collect gray water for plants. A few years ago, my daughter and I returned to view our former home. Again, with a grass lawn!
This is now more than drought. Call it what you will: carbon pollution, climate disruption, climate change, global warming. No longer is this a far off future event. We know what this is and we know what’s causing it: extreme consumption of fossil fuels. We know what’s making it so hard to stop: large corporations who have become embodied with mega-power through wealth created by extracting said fuels. We know that we need a different economic system and that we need to stop taking excessive resources from Earth and mass producing so much unneccessary stuff. We know that our earth can’t sustain another doubling of population. It’s easy to feel powerless. But, as resources dwindle, the population grows, the climate changes faster than predicted, entire species die out at alarming rates – we need to ask ourselves: Don’t we have a moral obligation to do what we can on behalf of the children and future generations? Don’t all beings deserve a healthy environment that is life sustaining? Or, do we continue to buy gadgets, burn fossil fuels and look the other way?