By Wes Annac
Guest writer for Wake Up World
We shouldn’t underestimate nature — it could easily take this planet back. Not only do I think we should respect it, I think we should revere it.
Nature is sacred, and it’s alarming that humans are so unwilling to give it even a shred of respect given all that it’s done for us. Instead we prioritize maintaining the civilization we’ve built on top of it. But nature is not here for us to plunder in any way we please; it is life itself, and living in harmony with nature helps all life prosper — and help us prosper. But as far as humanity is concerned, it’s been misunderstood, misused and abused for far too long. And we’re biting the hand the feeds…
Fracking, along with other forms of resource extraction, is a good example. We were already successfully stealing the earth’s most precious resources long before we started fracking, but the industry didn’t think our current extraction methods were environmentally harmful enough now, so now we do it in a way that’s even worse for the environment than oil drilling…
Meet fracking: Fracking — “hydraulic fracturing” — is the method where hundreds of gallons of highly pressurized water mixed with a cocktail of toxic chemicals are injected deep into the earth, to break up layers of underground rock that shields caverns of oil, which is then extracted. Never mind that the chemicals used in fracking are harmful to the environment, or that the chemical-laced water has shown up in public drinking supplies of cities and towns near fracking sites — which is why you’ve no doubt seen videos of people lighting their tap water on fire — the industry has a new way to extract oil that they wouldn’t have had access to otherwise, and to them, profit not our environment is all that matters.
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