If you’ve been reading Accidentally Green for a while, you know that I try to encourage readers to make small and simple healthy changes. Small changes eventually make a big difference, right?
In many ways I believe that’s true. But sometimes circumstances beyond your control can dash all of your healthy efforts. You might find out that your cancer has returned. You might be exposed to toxins in your workplace but desperately need to keep your job. You might live in a community that’s been torn apart by natural disasters, war, or poverty.
I can relate.
In the past two weeks, it appeared like my family was facing a crisis. Two weeks ago my family discovered that some sort of drilling would start behind our backyard. And just last Monday, this appeared:
Our neighbors thought that three of our farmer neighbors agreed to fracking, not even a quarter of a mile from our backyard. Trees were cut down. A road was built. Our quiet backyard has been filled with the drone of bulldozers. And drilling has begun.
Ironically, in my April 10th interview with Green 4U, when asked what my biggest worry for the environment is, my answer was fracking.
Now, we can see the drilling rig from almost every room in our house. And we can hear the machinery around the clock.
While some people may see nothing wrong with fracking, my husband and I do.
Wonder why? Read a recent (very informative!) post from Healthy Child, Healthy World. Or check out my past posts,
What Is Fracking?
How Does Fracking Affect Drinking Water?
How Does Fracking Affect the Environment?
How Fracking Affects Society
(Funny, I had written the post When Fracking’s In Your Backyard to describe fracking in Northeastern Ohio … yet now it literally is in my backyard.)
A disheartened green perspective
The fantastic news is this: yesterday we discovered it is NOT fracking. My husband, children and I are thrilled that it’s just an oil well.
After spending a week battling disappointment and frustration (OK … to be honest it was more like depression and anger), I’ll admit it was very hard to keep a green perspective. Why would my healthy attempts matter, if I had to sit by and watch a corporation pump carcinogens into the ground?
Whether we were facing fracking or an old-fashioned oil well, I had decided to keep living a healthy, green life because my habits already were formed. Since I made the small changes over time, they’ve become part of my everyday life.
I’ve shared all of this to let you know that if you’re in a situation where it seems like healthy lifestyle choices just don’t matter, I understand. Because sometimes, our best efforts are ruined because of matters beyond our control. I still think we should try to do our part to change the world for the better, whether it’s a small or big way.
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