“The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.” Terry Tempest Williams pic.twitter.com/68anQHGEsd
— Badlands Nat’l Park (@BadlandsNPS) December 20, 2016
Tuesday, January 24, 2017—
It’s Tuesday, and how quickly things change! Remember Saturday? There were marches around the world. The resistance began. You can still read about the Women’s March. You can read what I wrote about it here.
Monday, a roomful of white men in suits stood by as the new president signed an executive order defunding women’s global health services, including birth control, as well as treatment for Zika virus and AIDS. .
Tuesday, orders were signed to freeze hiring for federal jobs and resume work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The new regime also instituted a “temporary media blackout,” according to the Chicago Tribune. This restriction prohibits any mention of climate change on EPA sites.
This is where @BadlandsNPS, the Twitter account of the Badlands National Park comes in. The account started tweeting climate facts, along with other science facts, and stunning photos of wildlife and fossils. There are now over 150,000 followers. The climate-related tweets were deleted, but not before they were saved by others. I will share them with you. Please share them, too—
— Nathan Rott (@NathanRott) January 24, 2017
These are brave folks. This is resistance.
Meanwhile, legislation is currently underway in Congress to streamline privatizing federal land for drilling and other purposes. The National Parks are public land–the people’s land–our heritage, and our future.
“In a time of universal deceit–telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.
His book, 1984, is currently the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon.com.