UPDATE 11:45 am: See below for another tree sitter and the MVP people acting like…well, the MVP people (and that’s not a good thing).
The following is from the Little Teel Crossing Facebook page…and from “ink,” the tree sitter who was injured by tree cutters recently and who came down this morning. I strongly agree with “ink” that the artificial distinction between humans and “nature” (I’d add the ridiculous/artificial/destructive distinction between humans and other animal species) is “both the cause and the outcome of the destruction that has surrounded me these past weeks” – and that surrounds all of us on our planet. Very foolish and very damaging. I further agree, strongly, that “There is no front line to watch from afar or wait to find. The front line cuts through the middle of all of us.” We all have a responsibility to act in a…well, let’s just say a VERY different way than how many humans – particularly those driven by greed, like those involved with the fracked-gas pipeline projects here in Virginia – have been acting.
Early this morning in the face of contempt of court charges, Ink came down from the remaining sit at Little Teel Crossing. Attached below is a video of their descent. For those of you intending to come support our resistance today at LTC, please plan on still coming to celebrate Ink & all of our work to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Below is a statement from ink about their experience at Little Teel Crossing:
“After 38 days, the tree sit at the little teel crossing has come down. And i have come down with it. i don’t care to say much about why. Instead i’ll tell you, as honestly as i can, why i chose to be here.
i do not see “me” and then the “environment.” What i see is a world that I am moving through. That i inhabit. One that creates me as i create it. i am made just as much up by the rustling leaves, the cool flow of the creeks, the smell of rain, the misty nights, as i am made up of any definable self.
So this was never about “protecting” the “environment.” The separation implied in such a relationship is both the cause and the outcome of the destruction that has surrounded me these past weeks.
This is about the relationships, the consistency of experience, pain, love, uncertainty, perception, that has provoked little decisions that became bigger ones that led me to this sit.
What i see is a world in collapse. It’s been going on for a while now. They are taking everything from us. And i know that I can’t comprehend fully how bad it can get. But without massive transformation we will surely find out.
There is no point in waiting for the right moment or the right conditions. There is no front line to watch from afar or wait to find. The front line cuts through the middle of all of us.
So, if i leave you with any impression after all that has gone down, let it be this: i am more than the electromagnetic impulses you have been experiencing me as through this online medium. i am a fleshy, conflicted, living being. The only real difference between the two of us is that we are on opposite sides of the screen (and i learned some knots).
Do not wait. Get going.
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