Conviction, passion, strength and love are the tools with which we, as humans, access the vast recesses of our minds and learn to speak truth and relay information.
Our hearts and minds are inseparable and balance one another in our daily lives, most especially in our communications with others. There is no more effective speaker then she (or he) who speaks with credibility, driven by their passion for the subject matter on which they speak. There is no greater driving force than a community of people that has a singular vested interest, and voice their needs and desires with conviction.
A perfect example of an effective, unified, public coalition is the group of individuals and associations raising their collective voices against PG&E’s seismic testing project, and it is the power in this focused collective that is currently changing the tide that PG&E has been riding throughout this process—an ebbing tide of empty promises, deception and greed. These impassioned citizens are saying an unequivocal “NO!” to the powers that be and a corporation that has no ethics; human or environmental.
I, like many others, am finding common ground with fishermen and others based on my lifetime love affair with the ocean. And in turn, they are seeing that the ocean is the force that unites us into an unorthodox, yet ever growing alliance.
The public is now afforded an opportunity to speak up for the oceans to the permitting agencies. It is a process best served by concise and heartfelt communication. It is a process in which the CCC and NOAA must weigh all pertinent data as it relates to their areas of jurisdiction. It is a process that will demand balance and intelligence by all parties involved.
So I ask this of the California Coastal Commission. I plead with the National Marine Fisheries Service: Listen to the facts, demand the utmost from the process, and in the end, when all parties have spoken, listen with your heart. Do the right thing for the oceans and the Earth. Honor the balance of heart and mind, and respect your own humanity.
It is with our hearts and minds that we can make this world, bit by bit, better for all!