The following is his statement about why my friend Dennis decided to attempt removing Nalcor’s presence at Muskrat Falls starting with this first pole today December 18, 2012. He was quickly arrested and removed from the site. Dennis was later released and a court date is to be set. I had the pleasure of meeting and standing with Dennis earlier this Fall. A peaceful, respected and intelligent man. However eventually we all have to wonder how long we will follow the law, when that same law doesn’t seem to be protecting what we all hold to dear. Please read, read again and share. ~denise
Why I Am Here – Stop the destruction of Muskrat Falls, Labrador, Canada!
by: Dennis Woodrow Burden – Port Hope Simpson, Labrador
I have studied this project for quite a while now and I can`t find one good reason to do it. All over the planet they are doing some great things with wind and solar, there is absolutely no need for this destruction! There are better ways! So I decided to try and get that message out there. I went to Muskrat Falls on September 3, 2012 and did a little protest with a few friends, stood in front of the camera and spilt my guts, that was very hard for me to do and we get what? 5 seconds of air time?
Nothing about the corruption that’s going on around us! Just a comment about “mumbo jumbo” and “tree huggers” makes the news. And then it’s Danny Williams, with the dollars, turn. Seems to me he stands there in front of the camera and lies to us for hours if he wants too, yes, then some good news…I heard Danny Dumaresque on “Talk with Sue”, I was smiling hard and telling all the boys, “They gotta stop it now Danny spilt the beans on them last night” Still it continues!
Then it was off to sin johns (St. John’s, NL) with my daughter, couldn’t pass up the opportunity! So it was a protest on the steps of Confederation Building (November 5, 2012), thanks to the folks who showed, but you guessed it, another 5 seconds! What do they do then? Yup, they spend a million, more maybe, on a commercial (the power is in our hands). I believe that is the biggest bunch of lies ever – it isn’t green!!
Back home for a while now, had Boil Up Protest on the St. Lewis Causeway (November 18, 2012). Some people showed and more would have if they would have known, god love them the message is getting out.
But time is of the essence, 1/2 a billion spent on it already, unsanctioned though!! So I guess it’s now or never. No next week or tomorrow it’s today it’s now! We know the difference! There are better ways, this is just wrong! We have to stop it! It can`t continue! It’s just a slaughter of our home (planet Earth), its suicide yup, seems we have this terrible grudge against her, our mother earth. Let’s take every bit of fresh water left – dam it, poison it, sell it to us and send it off to the oceans.
Labrador is what?? Labrador is 1/3 water covered, it doesn`t stop with the Grand River!!! It isn`t green, we know that some dams are far worse than coal fired generators of the same capacity. Yes far worse for global warming (our greatest threat). All you hear about these days are the riches that abound in this great land called Labrador. All across this once proud country certainly, the plan is “lets dig it out, faster is better, forget tomorrow. Let’s import people to help with the slaughter! Oh the riches, the riches, the riches” Why is it we are running a 600 billion dollar deficit?????
I could go on and on about the wasted dollars, but I would probably be a fan of money spent in solar or wind. 20 billion could be better spent yes! Let’s invest in the future if we are going to invest!
About the disgusting way Labrador has been treated at the hands of the NL government, do we really need the power??? Is Hollyrood, just another big bad Quebec fairytale??? Dams are not green and there is more work (jobs) associated with solar.
I`m sick of the way we humans keep crawling over her (mother earth) like a bunch of maggots. Sick of the corrupt governments greed and lies! I`m sick from the polluted atmosphere! We live in a time where in most major cities you need to wear a mask to venture outside! Sick of global warming (our greatest threat), it has changed our oceans temperature so much that massive storms are on our doorstep! Our oceans have become home to the great pacific garbage patch (some reports say its 15,000,000 square kilometers in size or in some media reports up to twice the size of the continental USA, A similar patch of floating plastic debris is found in the Atlantic).
A study done by National Academy of Science estimated 6.4 million metric tons, 14 billion pounds, of trash enter the oceans every year (1975) I`m sick of that too! 1.7 trillion dollars spent on weapons last year, sick of that too! It makes me sick that I have to wonder if the seals, the birds, the fish, the moose I kill are edible anymore! And I hear governments are spraying the sides of the highways to kill the vegetation in hopes the moose will leave the area (sick isn’t it)! We need to stop this insane thirst we have for destruction there are better ways! Imagine if we would have went with solar 100 years ago, but the oil companies with the dollars put a stop to that in a hurry…
Imagine if we would have used that amazing hemp plant. The hemp plant was one of humankind’s first cultivated plants and there is quite a lot to educate oneself about this greatly historical plant. With the help of the hemp plant we, as a society could eliminate smog from current fuels, create a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, remove radioactive waste from the soil, and eliminate smog from our skies in more industrialized areas. The hemp plant could assist in eliminating non-biodegradable plastics and cars by reintroducing Henry Ford’s 100 year old dream of building cars made from hemp with a plastic hemp car body that can withstand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting, weighs 1 thousand pounds less than steel, hence improving gas mileage, can run on a vegetable oil based all natural hemp fuel, and has a completely biodegradable body. Nationwide hemp production could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper which can be recycled up to 8 times where as our current wood pulp is only recyclable up to 3 times, and we could thrive from eating hemp seeds and feeding it to our animals and livestock. Industrial hemp can make our future roads, highways and freeways from hemp based concrete, which lasts for centuries. Society can benefit from the hemp plant’s attributes such as oxygen production, hemp’s dense root structure, and hemp’s nutrient and nitrogen production back into the soil. Chemicals in cannabis can be used in medicines and are estimated to treat around 250 diseases and illnesses, from which studies have shown inhibits the growth of cancer cells in rats, as well as a long list of other ailments. Finally, we could make an estimated 50,000 products ranging from building composites, cellophane, and dynamite to shampoo, textiles, twine and yarn. If the US grew industrial hemp it could stop wars, save the environment, boost our economy, improve general health and wellbeing, virtually end our reliance on any foreign entity, and save humankind from itself. But no the oil companies with the dollars and their corrupt governments made it illegal to grow this plant!!
Is it human destiny do destroy our habitat and die??? Have you ever looked at other planets and wondered if we have been there also???? Maybe the dollar maggots know something I don`t, another planet we can jump on when we`ve finished raping this one?? I guess the problem is that we don`t know how to put solar in a barrel, so damn the rivers and sell you some poison.
It’s not just Labrador and Newfoundland who is going to pay; it’s all across Canada who will pay in dollars! And all across this planet who will pay in loss of habitat, OUR habitat, OUR home!!
Amazing things have been done! We put a man on the moon 50 years ago, ice hockey in mid- August, cars that drive themselves. I could sit at my desk and kill another innocent human being on the other side of the planet with this amazing piece of technology called “the drone” if I had money enough. Oh and don`t forget the amazing little thing called the wireless remote. Remember not having to get off the couch to change the channel anymore, so we can send energy by wireless right???? Yes, we could, just stick two probes out through the window and suck it outta the atmosphere. It’s there and it’s free! Imagine, we could continue to live here if we just do it right!! Yes I look at other planets, the ones with no life giving necessities and wonder, have we been there???
So I stand here today and chop down this pole. I will be charged, yup, but that is how strongly I feel about the corruption around us! How strongly I feel for us, the inhabitants of this planet. For my kids and unborn grandkids! And for me, knowing that I tried will bring some comfort I hope. We owe this to the future, there has to be smarter choices made today! Our kids need somewhere to live!
I do this for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as her hunger strike continues. It’s just a phone call you know…..hey there is a junkie smoking a joint on the side walk here and before you hangs up the phone the neighborhood is crawling with cops………yet, you can stand there and scream all day about some corrupt Government stealing a billion dollars from the people and no one hears…..that is the sick world we live in today!!
I do this for the NunatuKavut elders Ken Mesher, James and John Learning and the sacrifices they make for the next generations.
And I do this in memory of Burton Winters of Makkovik, Labrador. The little guy who the system failed, cripes that was ugly, it’s like they didn`t care! That’s not my Canada! I do this against our corrupt greedy lying government! Yes I will stand here today and strike my blow for humanity; I will chop down this pole! And I beg all humanity to live up to their responsibilities! HELP!!!!!!
I have a wish, a wish that our corrupt governments would look to the future and stop the greed that has infected them, to find the better way, be human and want a better world for our kids. A world where they could drink from the streams, play outside without wearing an oxygen mask, eat from the oceans and not have this continuous struggle against the sick powers that be! Maybe it’s just a wish, a hopeless dream. Maybe it’s too late already. But I will stand up! I owe it to my kid…and also I want their kid’s kids to know I tried!!
How desperate do we have to get….can you not hear our cry….stop killing my planet!!
Dennis Woodrow Burden – December 2012
Here is Dennis’ original document: Dennis Woodrow Burden Why I am Here Dec16
I am collecting your statements of concern about the proposed Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project. Too many people in Newfoundland and Labrador cannot speak out because of their professional situation or relations; therefore many of the rest of us feel alone in their concerns.
Government is getting a “get on with it” message from those with no worries about retaliation for their opinions. So we need to be all the louder! Let’s tell the government and the people of our province that we are many and we cannot support development at Muskrat Falls.
Share Your Concerns: I encourage you to share your concerns in just a few lines in the comments here, and write a letter to your MHA and your Premier!
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