“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” ― Jacques-Yves Cousteau
What I’m watching today, my list on this day off: (Exercise and Dance!, Studies: Introduction to Sustainability ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Introduction to Sustainable Development (Columbia University), Fundamentals of UX Design, Poetry (yes, Ive been writing alot lately!), Mod and Contemporary Poetry (University of Pennsylvania), hmmm what else? (smiling) using this Brain of mine rather than sit around and watch hours of cable. I can admit I wasn’t into Scandal like everyone else for years I was too concerned finding ways to ‘mentally’ resolve our human environmental crisis ! I can honestly admit that I just got turned onto Scandal last month and went on a Scandal Watch Fest where I devoured every episode and season in less than a week! Shamelessly, since then, Iv’e tuned back into more brainier and logical fact finding activities and studies where expansion of consciousness reigns supreme! Haha! I do love Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes! I am a movie junkie or depending on your perspective du jour, a movie connoisseur! I just saw No Good Deed, staring Idris Elba, who in my opinion would absolutely make a sexy James Bond! (Clearing throat!)
As I’m re-watching, Fuel! The Movie, my mind jumped to a news bite I had heard sometime last week about the Savannah River. The reporter had warned Augusta citizens not to swim or fish in the river due to contamination showing a very disturbing picture of what looked like something out of a sad toxic Louisiana waterway or some BP Oil Spill aftermath! I had meant to look it up and find time to research this further. It was an area of concern I had since moving here a year and few moths ago to be near my parents. Not that I had plans on staying here long-term but I still had concerns about the strange environment in the Garden State, Georgia’s 2nd largest city and home to the annual Masters Golf competition showcasing the most famous golfers in the world including Tiger Woods! Yet for those living here in this city that made me shut my windows on these warm Summer evenings due to strange gaseous smells that stink the air and after stumbling upon what appeared to be ‘toxic’ plants I had yet to understand, one owned by Proctor and Gamble in the middle of residential neighborhood paired with a Juvenile Detention Center, the whole ride back home spat out an eerie ominous chill through my bones as I sealed the windows shut from the stench in the air.
In the gym, I had met many exercise practitioners who had suffered a host of illnesses and diagnosis
and I wondered if these environmental “toxins” in the town further fueled these ‘group’ symptoms of fatigue, joint pain, headaches, nutritional deficiencies, etc. that we all had in common. In my short year here in Augusta, I had never had such joint pain in my life! And never suffered from headaches! I knew something was up. My mother had all to often complained about the ‘toxic air’ and I realized this was an area that proved here theories of foul play. Still I didnt expect to wake up this morning to discover most of my logical theories would be proven with undeniable environmental and scientific facts! As I continue to share and write there is a part of me blown away in disbelief. I have often felt very alone in my ideas of natural health and living when I worked at Morris Publications I didnt seem to fit into their Ole South corporate culture and my fears about this town’s toxic secrets felt more like yet another conspiracy theory rather than the country’s ranked fact etched on Georgia’s Research and Policy Center list!
Still I had yet to do the research to prove my ‘intutional’ claims other than today stumbling upon some VERY ALARMING facts that indeed the Savannah River is not only toxic but ranked the 4th Toxic Waterways in the United States (2009)!
With more than 7.6 million pounds of toxic chemicals flowing into its waters in 2007, the Savannah River has the fourth-highest toxic discharge in the country, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Environment Georgia.
“The Savannah River is far and away the most polluted in the state and the fourth most polluted in the country,” said Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia.
(Landers, Mary. “Savannah River fourth most polluted in nation.” SavannahNow.com. October, 22, 2009. Read Full Article: http://bit.ly/1tVzXd0.)
As of 2014, it’s ranked at the “3rd most Toxic waterway in the country” according to Georgia’s Research and Policy Center!
“We live in a world where unfortunately the distinction between true and false appears to become increasingly blurred by manipulation of facts, by exploitation of uncritical minds, and by the pollution of the language.” ― Arne Tiselius
Fuel! The Movie
Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Ticknell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award. (resource: Snag Films)
Watch Pump! The Movie now on http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/fuel
Radioactive Turtles from Deadly Savannah River Toxic Waters
Read excerpt from A Green Road Project Blogspot:
Top ten most radioactive places on earth
Ten most toxic places on Earth
Pump! the Movie!
- Savannah River nation’s third most toxic. Coleman, Dash. Jacksonville.com. June 27, 2914. (http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2014-06-27/story/savannah-river-nations-third-most-toxic-study-shows)
- Savannah River | 3rd most toxic river in the nation under swimming ban. Houston, Ryan. September 15, 2014. HD News 12-WRDW-TV. (http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Third-most-toxic-river-in-the-nation-now-has-a-no-swimming-ban–275072941.html).
- Youtube: Radioactive Contaminated Turtles 1991 Savannah River DOE Site. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFhEVzsxESc ).
- Savannah River Site; Most Severely Radiation Polluted Place on Earth?: A GreenRoad Project.AGreenRoad Project – Teaching A Science Of Sustainable Health/Success. November 17. 2013. (http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/savannah-river-site-most-severely.html)