A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents

 

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Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, NYC, and daughter of Al Gore

As we have occasionally done in the past, we would like to republish an unusual or more significant post.  About a year ago we were fortunate to attend this important gathering in Tallahassee with Karenna Gore, who later graciously asked permission to share our post on her website of Center for Earth Ethics. This meeting was attended by many outstanding environmental leaders from Florida (as seen pictured here) as well as from outside the state.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


 

On a raw and cloudy day, sometimes a bit more than cool, a number of people gathered on the steps of the old capitol in Tallahassee and spoke against the Sabal Trail.  These were dedicated and inspired people who shared their inspiration with those assembled.  These were leaders and teachers who comparted their knowledge and experiences with those eager to learn more.  They came from far and near, from the Everglades, Dunnellon, Gainesville, Georgia, Arizona and New York.

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Karenna Gore chats with Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.  Unlike many celebrities, Karenna did not speak at the beginning and fly away.  She stayed for the entire event and participated and her heart was in it.

Listening to their dedication and commitment was indeed uplifting to those of us engaged in what at times seems a fruitless task.  Strong winds scattered the signs, but people stayed on and listened with eager interest as strong leaders brought together by Shannon Larsen spoke of Sabal Trail, its injustices, falsehoods, violations, ram-rodded permits by corrupt agencies, and unethical land grabs.

STtalmmjbillpost In: A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaTwo relentless workers for our planet, Bobbie C. Billie and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.  Both have left their mark, and the world is lucky to have them.  These should be the role models of our youth, not over-paid athletes nor mindless celebs without discipline nor morals.

Our thanks go to Shannon Larsen and all the speakers, as well as the participants who gathered to lend support and strength to a common spirit, so needed now in these difficult times.  Our thanks go to Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples, Ancient Trees, and ReThink Energy Florida.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


STtalkim2 In: A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida Kim Ross of ReThink Energy, always on the forefront

 

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Shawn Mulford, Arizona                                   Karen Arrington,  Green Party Gainesville

 

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Suwannee Riverkeeper and WWALS,  John Quarterman, Georgia

 

In: A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaForces from the South, Janet Barrow, Maxine Conner and Harriet Heywood

 

STtalcindy In: A Beautiful Gathering of Sabal Trail Opponents | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North FloridaEvent organizer Shannon Larsen and OSFR members Cindy Noel and Mike Roth

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Chris and Deanna Mericle of Sierra Club and WWALS, very active against Sabal Trail

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1 Comment

  1. I am pleased this article was reposted from the 2017 gathering of so many folks to protest the Sabal Trail on the steps of the old capitol in Tallahassee, FL. I am thankful so many traveled from long distances, with signs with important messages, and voices to be heard to protest proposed actions that are against Nature and its beauty. I appreciate the lovely photos, complete with names and captions. Let us continue to build the number of people who realize the power of raising their voice and expressing their protests in a peaceful, written manner. Every action each one of you is making……contributes to us winning this (and other) challenges. Thank you.

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