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Fighting Tar Sands Oil: The Devotion and Hard Work of Activist Bill McKibben

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Despite the efforts of those like McKibben, we persist in viewing our world as discrete parts and not the integrated systems our ancients perceived. We believe ourselves to be apart from, rather than a part of the larger drama of life on Earth. We live in mental and spiritual as well as physical apart-ments with few windows on the wide, wild world beyond our barricades.  McKibben persists in cleaning and opening those windows.

So do the many modern scientists who have discovered that we are believing, living and manifesting a lie.  James Lovelock, for instance, has put forth the Gaia Hypothesis, which states the planet operates as a single organism with the parts interacting to support the whole. Could realizing this diminish the alienation many of us experience in the world?

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Perhaps love is truly our foundation and perhaps the notion of a God dying for the sake of the world is that death of any creature is for the sake of that same world?

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Death is a living process for the sake of the whole. As much as Christ dies for the sake of the world, so do we all. So shall this culture of death die for the sake of life.  What do you see in the picture of the man in a kayak?  Do you see hope for the lake he is trying to save by attending the protest at which Bill McKibben and many other passionate souls spoke?  If tar sands oil comes to Sebago Lake, will he be smiling?  Will the others sporting innertubes and balloons be enjoying the pristine waters of a lake nested within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains? 

State of Maine; state of mind.  Are they two states?  What is your state like...both inner and outer? 

McKibben is a highly respected environmental activist and has authored several books regarding the environment.  He has also served as narrator for Dance of the Honeybee which was presented by Bill Moyer.   McKibben's upcoming book, to be released in September, is called, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Advocate.  It speaks to the synergy between individual, local actions and organized, global actions to halt the destruction of our Planet. 

It echoes the theme of the talk he gave at Sebago Lake on 7/26/13.  His speech was well received amongst kayakers, nature lovers, and those belonging to the 350 Maine, a branch of McKibben's  It was also covered by the local media, so we are opening more windows. 

His speech is also relayed to you and the general public through Envision This Radio. To listen to this speech in its inspiring entirety, please visit: 

A listing of McKibben's movies and books are listed at:

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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