The environment versus big gas and oil

I was one of more than 300,000 people in New York City Sunday for the People’s Climate March. It was energizing to be among so many marchers, all expressing the urgency of action, and all committed to demanding change.

Citizen Action marched with the contingent promoting renewables and with the anti-fracking movement. We were there to demand solutions, and to stop fracking, oil trains, and other practices that make climate change a more and more urgent problem.

Climate change is such an important issue, and we need to take every opportunity to address it. Here in New York, what happens in November’s elections could have a big impact on the fight.

In the race for Attorney General, candidate John Cahill, who runs a firm that represents major oil and gas companies, has so far refused to disclose exactly who he’s working for. But one thing is clear: he thinks hydrofracking would be great for New York.

When voters go to the polls in November, they should know who their candidates will work for: voters or big oil and gas companies.

Click here to tell AG candidate and energy industry lobbyist John Cahill to disclose his clients!

Cahill has said, “Hydrofracking provides a real economic and environmental opportunity for our country and for our state.”

As a candidate for Attorney General, New York voters deserve to know exactly who he’s representing when he says that.

Cahill and former Governor Pataki co-founded the Pataki-Cahill Group. According to state records, the firm has represented major energy companies that support dangerous fracking and make money through fossil fuels.

The whole world is standing up this week to demand action on climate change. We need to show candidates like John Cahill that putting profits before people – before the future of this planet – doesn’t work for us.

Add your name demanding that John Cahill publicly disclose his clients so that voters know who he’s working for.

Thanks for all you do,

Karen Scharff
Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York

♪Purpose – Music Themes

This week I chose the theme purpose to express what it means to be human, why we manifest to be here now. There are many reasons why people do things in the world, but do we consciously know why?

I’ll start by taking an excerpt from Master Seung Sahn’s book, “Wanting enlightenment is a big mistake”.

“The most important thing to consider when doing any action is, why do you do something? Only for you, or for all beings? Why do you eat every day – only for your body, for your tongue’s pleasure? If your direction is clear, then any action is clear. If your direction is not clear, even doing ‘good’ actions every day is not always clear. Correct direction means your actions are already beyond good and bad, and not based on the false notion of ‘I.’ So what kind of direction do you have? What is your intention, purpose? Determining that clearly in your mind is most important.”

“We must deeply consider what is human beings’ correct direction and correct way, right now. At this time? How does this action help other beings? Find that, and moment to moment to moment, just do it. If you find that, any action, situation or condition doesn’t matter. You must do it. That is Great Love. That is Great Compassion. The name for that is the Great Boddhisattva Way.”

With that in mind I would like to thank Jean for starting us off with Alicia Key’s purposeful song: We Are Here LYRICS

One of my favorite movies is “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”.  Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love. Classic!

Have you found your purpose? “There is a reason” by Alison Krauss & Union Station

Till then, I’ll be “Dreaming My Dreams with You” – Cover by Alison Krauss LYRICS

Is the purpose to find our connection, our lost love? ♪Secrets are written in the sky
Looks like I’ve lost the love I’ve never found
Though the sound of hope has left me again
I hear music up above…♪

Or perhaps our purpose is to Wake Up and remember our “Lux Aeterna – Requiem For A Dream”

Remember that ancient river of life connects us all… “Yiruma, (이루마) – River Flows in You”

“Remind Me, Dear Lord” – Alison Krauss and the Cox Family

Whatever our purpose in life, we can share a good tune… “Any Old Time” – Jimmie Rodgers

My niece is hilarious, a born comedian, her purpose is to crack me up every chance she gets. Sharing her infectious spirit, she picks Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”. This song is about cherishing everyone for their unique and wonderful gifts, and developing positive body image. That’s my girl! 🙂

I’m dedicating this post to my precocious little niece, for whom life is one continuous sacred joke. God shines brightly through children, we are so blessed! ♥♥♥

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