When I was born, Nature was already dying. At the age of five, Only half of the wetlands in the US remained. When I was only ten, Almost half of the world's forests had been destroyed. By the time I was twenty, The world's oceans had over 400 dead zones Where no life could be supported. When I turned twenty six, Tens of billions of pollenating insects had died worldwide. By the time I am forty, Half of the Amazon Rainforest will be eliminated. By the time I am fifty, Lions will be extinct in the wild. By the time I am sixty, Many of the world's glaciers will have disappeared. By the time I am seventy, Ninety five percent of the world's coral reefs will have died off. By the time I am eighty, Two billion people will not have access to clean water. By the time I am ninety, Nine billion people will live on the planet, It would take three entire Earths to sustain them, We will not even have one. By the time I leave this Earth, The Nature I knew and loved, Will be gone.
"And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well.
But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe,
for significant achievements benefiting the environment.
"$100,000 isNOTHINGto the big boys in the corporate natural gas world. The only way money will work if it will also embolden others to do big things."
"We’re at the 11th hour now. The moratorium was here before, but now that's over. Now is the time if you don’t want to be fracked. As a cancer survivor, whatever money I have ends up going into paying medical bills. When you live in an area surrounded by frackers, what point is it to even try to do that if the water, air, community, etc., will be gone and destroyed and the area becomes a toxic wasteland?
"So, what better use of money than to defend and protect this place? I couldn’t think of better thing to do, with even more of a public platform, to highlight lunacy of fracking. I want others to feel that they shouldn’t give up before they start the fight. Self-defeatism is what’s beating us — learned helplessness — beats us even more than the formidable power of natural gas industry.
"Whatever I can do to get people out of that place — if you want to be the hero, now’s
your chance. I hope to use the money to open up space for speech, and not silence."