Quinoa bread, avocado- arugula veggie burger, topped with organic tomato & basil- with a side of sautéed Chili Lime Potatoes and green onions: Julian Arias

On July 24th, 2016, thousands of people gathered from across the nation to come together and March for Renewable Clean Energy in Philadelphia, Massachusetts. As a constituent of Connecticut, I rode for about 2 hours on a bus of people with the same intentions to complete our Earthly duty. You see, the main goal of this match is to ban Hydrolic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. This is a method oil companies are using to extract an amassment of oil by drilling a hole in the ground and pumping chemicals like nitrogen and methane at very high pressures down into it which then causes the ground to crack, where the oil then detaches itself and spills out into the hole that was created. Companies like BP and Exon have already taken advantage of Obama’s green light for fracking and thousands of acres across the country are being auctioned and leased to the highest bidder(aka big corporations).

Not only is this an obvious rape of Mother Earth but fracking has led to permanent river contamination, earthquakes, and air pollution to name a few “side effects”. One of the more well-known affected towns is Flint, Michigan where more than a hundred families running water, both sink and shower have been jetting out methane for months. Where some residents noticed right away, others weren’t so lucky. Now after drinking and showering in water contaminated with toxins, residents have become chronicly ill with migraines, skin rashes, and an abundant water supply that has been around for generations has now come to an end. While some may argue that their rivers were already being trashed on, this poses no excuse for the irreversible damage caused by companies like BP, Exon, Encana and others who continue to damage age old wells that have existed for decades.

“We realized that it didn’t matter if we were fighting against something if we weren’t fighting for something.”

This couple of beautiful people brought tears to my eyes when they told me of their revolutionizing journey. Marlise( at least I hope, to the left) told me how after fighting to ban fracking for the past 6 years, her and her husband came around their kitchen table, looked at each other and decided that they needed something more to be done. “We sat there and thought, okay, how are we going to get 40 homes to switch to solar power?” Now, they have helped over a hundred homes convert to clean solar power! Slowly but surely she began convincing neighbors and friends to switch and eventually they were contacting her!

People like “Marlise” and her husband remind me that there is more good to be done than bad and all it takes is a simple thought.