Have you heard of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline?
It is a dark cloud hovering over my world since the beginning of April 2015. If you have encountered my Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram feeds – it probably has been noticeable how much it has preoccupied my mind.
Really wish it wasn’t so.
I would much rather be researching and/or admiring captivating images shared of Big Bend. It has been a very cozy quiet existence while my babes were crawling-then-toddlering-now- running along! Earlier that month, I was sitting at my desk pleasantly considering design options to pursue for My Desert Love, when I ran across a friend’s post on her Facebook page. The late evening was quiet with the rest of the house in slumber. I had no idea where that post would lead me, when I read her post and clicked on her call for action.
It was like falling back to reality after a time spent in Wonderland.
Time to wake up to the reality of what is plaguing Texas; plaguing the Midwest; plaguing America; and essentially plaguing our future. Am I exaggerating? I wish I wasn’t.
The headlines are disconcerting:
— Tom Huang (@tomthuang) April 21, 2015
Issues so distressing:
BREAKING: Natural gas pipeline ruptures in Arkansas River near Little Rock, closing 2-mile stretch: http://t.co/StYlHVxWcU
— Sierra Club (@sierraclub) June 3, 2015
The images have been equally alarming:
Published on Jan 17, 2013
Description:This is footage of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Mexico that killed at least 26 people, showing just how quickly the inferno ripped through the plant. . . The slow motion footage was slowed 1/8 of the normal speed.
Those are just a select handful. You need more? Just go to my feeds and you can source ad nauseum. So significant, so disturbing.
Get the word out there. People need to know.
So, I started contributing anyway I could.
There was a petition that needed to be signed. We are so few in Big Bend, so far from the 100,000 needed to substantiate their concerns. Initially, I was still distanced. It was the call to action that spurred me to action. Maybe I could help with the little I know of social networking. It couldn’t hurt, so my nose was glued to the grindstone. My mantra driving me:
Get the word out there. People need to know.
So, I put together images and posted them through all my social networks.
A funny aside is that my “Nipple Cactus” image gets over twice as many views as any of my other Flickr images.
It was met with obvious disappointment, many views, but no likes or comments. It’s a wonder.
A few of my other images that I put together . . .
I was rather delirious for much of April. I had so many ideas, but so many limitations. Not enough time, not enough talent really to reach enough people. The clock was ticking and eventually it was over.
The petition expired. How could a month go by any faster? At the time, I was gauging the progress nearly every day and it was disheartening. How could it be easier to help this cause? Just a couple of clicks to give this concern, this cause a voice and yet in the end we were under 6,000 total signatures out of the 100,000 needed.
I was disappointed.
I had to take a step back. To rejuvenate. To let the shadow pass and keep moving forward. Somehow in the midst of all the midnight tweeting, posting, and responding – I became part of a community effort within that month. I was very grateful to have accomplished that much. It was also an incredible learning experience. My online business pursuits were shoved aside at this time, but honestly I was still getting a handle on what I was doing with this website. What my aims were – the purpose, the contribution? The campaign really lit a flame in me and my voice surfaced.
So, where am I now?
I am instagramming images that projects my love for the desert. I tweet #NoPipeline, #NotInOurBigBend, #StopFracking, #FutureofAmerica, #Conservation. I share and pin information about Big Bend, about deserts in general, about the need to #StopFracking on my Pinterest Board. I am constantly inspired by Big Bend, by its community, and by all that surfaces in my research of the desert environments and its inhabitants from all over the world.
I am glad I am awake now and my passions are lit. I am glad to have made the connections and continue to be inspired and enlivened by the passions of others in such profoundly significant causes. I am humbled every day with what I do not know and do not understand.
After the petition expired, a couple more Facebook communities surfaced against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Check out my Facebook photo album for resource information:
Are you with us? Is this news to you? I would love to hear your take and concerns.
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