Having already urged women at the Sundance Film Festival to shame the studios for being incredibly gender-biased earlier this year, the Grace and Frankie actor and lifelong political activist Jane Fonda, has turned her attention to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, to do this, she has called on the internationally community to shame President Obama for the “inconceivable” act of permitting Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. If Shell proceeds with their drilling plans, scheduled to begin within the next coming weeks, the environment and the regions wildlife could potentially be at risk.
Last Sunday, Fonda joined thousands of activist in Toronto, in the March for Jobs, Justice, and Climate rally. The march, organized by many non-profits, labor unions, and environmental activists—including Canadian author Naomi Klein—aims to educate the masses and show businesses and politicians that climate change is linked to many seemingly unrelated issues including employment and social justice. In an interview with The Toronto Star, Fonda credited her activism to Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
Additionally, between July 7-9, just days after the march, the Climate Summit of the Americas— which aims to bring together Pan-American jurisdiction, indigenous leaders and environmental groups to work towards environmental commitments— was held in Toronto. During the Summit former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and former Mexican president Felipe Calderon, dispelled the notion that society must choose between economic growth and helping the environment.
How Does This Affect You?
When President Obama approved Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic ocean, the decision ultimately became a part of a larger issue: will society continue to destroy our environment for economic growth, despite the evidence that suggests that the sacrifice is not necessary? Although Shell’s venture will help bring jobs and money to the local economy off the coast Alaska, scientists have said that there is no climate-friendly way to use any of the Arctic’s oil and gas. Instead, the oil could potentially harm local ecosystems and pose a threat to the regions endangered species including the polar bear, whales, ice seals and the Pacific walruses.
If better choices are made by businesses and politicians alike, thousands of jobs related to improving the environment will ultimately be created. These eco-friendly decisions will therefore benefit both the environment and help grow the economy.
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