Enbridge Pipeline Northern Gateway-Ethics?

“Much better and more realistic is the attitude of “we”.”

-Dalai Lama-

I have been reading a book written by the Dalai Lama in which he proposes that ethics can and indeed should be developed on a secular and universal scale. I am barely a third of the way into the book and already believe it to be a valuable and sensible means of attaining world peace. The more common “us” and “them” concept which develops from religion bound inner values he suggest can and do often lead to discord and wars. To cultivate a sense of closeness to the entire human family, as the Dalai Lama suggests, could help to humanize many corporate and government policies and decisions. On a less worldly level, were the governmental representatives of our country to apply this concept, perhaps money would not be the true measure of value in their decisions. Had the families in the areas affected by, for instance, hydraulic fracturing be viewed as “we”, it seems likely that their discomfort, risk of illness and stress would have been of greater significance. After all who would do that to their own family? The potential effects of the current environmental issues surrounding the Enbridge Pipeline Northern Gateway are another example that would benefit from “we” thinking. The project is fraught with risks that I personally would not like to have land in my own back yard. And yet, the project is marching forward with all the force and vigour of a runaway locomotive. Sure the corporation of Enbridge has provided official environmental impact study documents all positive of course. Sure they will continue to monitor this and that. Sure they will control this and that. But there have been past leaks (80 to be exact), abuses, cover ups and environmental disasters (15,900 gallons of leakage) in their wake before. They just don’t want to bring those details to the fore. Sure they will pay for land usage and whatever else they absolutely have to. Sure there will be token monetary benefit to people all along the pipeline. But at what cost? And all these new jobs to be created…they are typically not for the average Joe that currently inhabits those northern areas. Those average Joe jobs are temporary at best…basic construction, basic road building, basically temporary. But the impact on the land, the people living on the land and the risks to the health of all including the environment, to me and many others, are far too great and unpredictably risky. Will my concerns fall on hardened deaf ears? Maybe, but they will be expressed because I believe in genuine compassion…the determination to alleviate the suffering of others.  Not only that, the Canadian government needs to be held accountable for aiding and abetting the continued fossil fuel usage of the world.  This stuff is not for Canada by the way…it is going to China for their use and profit while the Canadian North and our Northern Coastal waters take the immense risk.

Today’s “stone” is  Day 13  slick, shiny, myriad, deadly


One thought

  1. Such a crying shame that corporations around the world, countries around the world, can’t be issued a copy of the Dalai Lama’s book. Thanks for letting me know about it. It’s on my list to read next.

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