by Jeanne Allen
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Your generosity of support to Bold Visions Conservation has not only been greatly appreciated, it has shown wisdom in your awareness of how a nonprofit organization is dependent. With that said common sense dictates that focus of purpose cannot be spread thin.
Let’s think as if we are one Big Family, each individual living in various parts of the globe. Our Sister living in the South has sent an SOS regarding oil drilling with deep foreboding findings. The South, she says, has a goldmine in its Sea Coast towns. If agreements are reached by the oil companies to drill, our Atlantic Ocean will be on a watch and wait basis, for Disaster. This equals: Oil Slicks of Ruination, TV and newspaper headlines screaming calamity and most tragically flourishing businesses would close their doors forever.
We have heard your cry for help but many of us are on hot dry land. This does not affect us so why get overwrought. Well, let’s go to the lighter side of life. One does take vacations – all seashore resorts are hot spots of fun and relaxation and that delicious salt air spraying your face. “I am sure it will all work out swimmingly everyone says.” You know, like a passing storm. Mae West said it best, “He who hesitates is last.”
NO and again NO it will not without interested parties putting up their dukes and saying enough! It will take years if ever to rectify the destruction of the California coastline.
We at Bold Visions need your help and support for an in-depth documentary now being filmed by our E.D. Stephen Capra. Remember, we are all journeymen as are the oceans and their plans of majesty.
Please donate to this awareness cause. Every seashell along the coastline will thank you.
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Splashes of Special Memories
There is something close to magic, a place of Zen when you swim in warm waters and share that space with sea turtles and manatees. Our recent travels open the door to that part of the southeast coast that offers wildness not on land, but rather in the waters that remain rich in life and natural beauty.
Yet within this place of beauty (greed and taradiddle) seem to hold court over the sanity of protecting that which speaks to life, that which reflects the unbridled joy that is wild nature. The rush to develop is a cancer that seems to have no end in sight; signs speak to new development plans even as the waterfront begins its decent into the ocean. Governors will not even permit the words climate change to be used and in Florida, despite the passage by a 75% margin to add taxes to buy lands to protect the Everglades, the Governor finds ways to not purchase the land. Once again a major corporation-sugar reigns supreme over the clear wisdom of protecting that which is priceless.
In order to stop the bludgeoning of our planet, we must dig into the human psyche and energize the volition that can crush such madness. Along the way, we had the privilege of meeting a group of people living in the oldest trailer park in Florida. They are mostly seniors; the oldest is 87, some with disabilities. Some are younger, Their Park, set by a stunning estuary is poised to become another shopping mall, with boutique stores and restaurants and not to miss the current trends condos and a high priced hotel. This, in the town of Jupiter, that is overflowing with such amenities.
Swimming in these deep blue waters which abut the Suni Sands trailer park, is like a cleansing. The water warm, clear and shallow, is filled with sea turtles, snook, barracuda, dolphin and manatee. The people are equally warm, sharing and filled with the joy that comes from natural beauty and a strong sense of community. Many have called this home for twenty years or more, the park was built in 1940 on the grounds of the former head of S&H green stamps and has once was a stronghold of the Seminole Nation, a large mound with their remains is part of the interior of this park . Yet, in 2014, the trailer park was sold for 17. 5 million to a billionaire who has decided not only to demolish the park and build another shopping Mecca, but that those waters rich in sea turtle and manatee, must be dredged so that his collection of boats can be shown off at the dock of his proposed development.
Naturally such dredging will destroy the shallow waters, the sea grasses, and everything that defines an estuary. Just as naturally local politicians and even their Congressman (Patrick Murphy, who is now running for a Senate seat) sing the praises of the developer Charles Modica, while failing even for a moment to understand the value of the people that live and care for one another in Suni Sands. Such is the occlusion of towns in search of a larger tax base or politicians in search of campaign contributions.
Having spent time with these people restores your faith in humanity. They cook together; they look out for one another, waving is a natural, door locks are optional. Many of the residents are veterans, some have spread the ashes of loved ones in the estuary, and all of them have made that stretch of water the focal point of their lives. There is the triathlete that swims the waters daily at 74, the families that come on weekends to visit relatives to swim, fish, barbeque and tune into family and friends in this wonderful natural setting. In this timeless reminder of funky, old Florida the clock is ticking fast as the developer has offered each person $1000 dollars and for it they must sign away their rights and be gone by April 30, 2016, if not, you are out by November 30.
That’s right! The guy who spent 17.5 million for the land is offering each person $1000. Thus land equals 17.5 million, people who call it home, less than-$100,000. Such Shakespearean tragedy speaks to the value of people in a world that is allowing humans, wildlife, land, water and air to be destroyed by what many call capitalism, or freedom.
When I arrived home, I walked back to my garden. Before I left it was a small patch of hope that was beginning to take root. When I reentered, it was a vast jungle of sunflowers, choking out the life and spirit of my tomatoes, eggplants, melons and peppers. Yesterday, I sat outside as the eventide came, listening to the explosion of fireworks and watched as they filled the sky, framed by sunflowers. It is tempting to leave my new jungle and hide out from the world. Yet, I would deny myself the wonder of a garden, the promise and youthful injection it brings to the heart and mind.
So I will begin today to clear my jungle, leaving parts intact, allowing the growth of my crop to reach for the sky.
The air is hot here and there is that rare humidity as the clouds build…we are entering the monsoon, it will clean the surface and enrich our soil. How then do we monsoon the very capitalism that is killing our people and our planet?
We begin, by clearing the jungle that consumes our spirit, our sense of fairness. We bring light into darkness and we hold those that would destroy precious waters and those who deserve peace in their personal twilight- accountable. Suni Sands should be saved. No, Suni Sands Must Be Saved!
For in this small mobile home park lays the very issues of environment, socially and morally, the human demand for justice, components once ignored are allowing the earth, as we know it, to slip from our grasp.
The sunflowers of my yard make you smile as they consume. So too are those elected officials that speak of liberty and freedom, while they plunder and enjoy the graft that comes with our new billionaire society.
Boom, bang, boom so the sounds came across the sky boom, bang, boom...Its ominous, boom, bang, boom, speaks of the awakening to come, Boom, bang, boom, earth, people, community, water…Boom, Bang, Boom…LIFE.
I hold tightly to the beating of a great heart-the Talisman of justice.
In a few short days we will be leaving for the coast of Florida to begin a journey to North Carolina to film and interview people who care about protecting the Atlantic Coast from the scourge of offshore drilling. Yet, even as I prepare to leave, my mind remains drawn to the fate of wolves across our country and the vital role they play in making wilderness and wildlife thrive.
Across the country actions against wolves--especially with the Mexican wolf remain aggressive, ignorant and immoral. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission are poised to delist wolves, even though Oregon has only 80-90 wolves in the wild. In Michigan, Republicans are once again frothing to see wolves killed and are using false facts and fear to push Congress into action to override the current court-ordered ban on killing.
On social media and fringe television, where hunting shows reign, those who thrive on killing animals of all types relish the idea of trapping or killing a wolf. Many use such shows or forums to defend their bloodlust and complete self-rage, by showing their photos, new toys that make hunting not a sport but a lazy boy recliner.
In New Mexico recently, our Game and Fish Department began its anti-Mexican wolf campaign by denying a long-standing permit to the Ladder Ranch, owned by media mogul Ted Turner, where wolves are acclimated prior to their release into the wild.
The point remains that State Game Commissions across this country do not want to see these--or any other--wolves alive in the wild. We have made this point for the past two and a half years and have gone to funders eagerly seeking funding to take on what is really a small time Mafia operation. Yet, funders tell us it’s confusing, that many people do not understand the issue or that it is more complex.
Here is the reality to anyone that will listen: the Livestock Industry and some of their friends in sportsmen groups, do not like the idea of wolves in the wild. Groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club or the NRA have used their political clout to pressure politicians of both parties, but have the most vocal support from Republicans to stop all wolf recovery in its tracks and aggressively hunt or trap these majestic animals. Their reasoning a non-science based, backwards and self-righteous protection of what they call their turf-Americans public lands.
These groups of lowlife use Governors to appoint Commissioners to their Game Commissions that become the army to enforce the slaughter of wolves to appease their wishes. The result, is commissions across this country that receive their funding primarily from the sale of guns, ammunition, and game tags that are not looking out for wildlife or diversity in our forests and grasslands but rather push for a continued monoculture of thought, ignorance and blood.
There is a solution. It begins with constant pressure which never abates to these commissions. It means going to meetings and calling out the commissioners and the Governor of each state without mercy. It involves the press, a constant vigilance and the push for reforms. It means getting people nominated to commissions that represent wildlife, not livestock. We must get to know each commissioner and educate our friends, follow the money and ask direct questions in Republican states about how endangered species funding is being used by the agency? The time has come to ask state representatives to ask for an audit of the agency.
At trailheads across the country the photos of commissioners should be posted. The bios often are shocking. This group of people is involved in a form of racketeering. In this case it is controlling wildlife, being manipulated by special interests in the public eye, yet well below the radar. In many states like New Mexico they do so with little oversight, often are involved in illegal killings and in some cases are part of groups specifically involved in the killings along with promotion of the killings of predator species. Some have their ties with BIG OIL and never want to hear the word endangered species, thus the need for close scrutiny.
Wolves belong in the wild; they represent the best in family, balance, and determination. Yet, those so-called humans represent the lowest form of humanity. Many of us are tired of allowing ignorance and fear to prevail. If you truly love wolves then join us in the fight. In the weeks ahead our Wolf Action Coalition website will be fully functional. Go to it to learn about commissioners and actions being taken to help or harm wolves and find out how you can raise your voice.
Wolves Belong, Wolves Belong.
American is stronger with wolves in the wild!
Bold Visions Conservation