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These unscheduled 3 a.m. wake up calls are becoming more regular and more troubling. I am feeling too tired. This morning I woke up with the image of the Condemned Exhibit, Eugene resident and artist Mary DeMocker installed in her neighborhood, vivid in my thoughts.
I first met Mary after reading a guest editorial she wrote many months ago in the Register Guard. I emailed her and thanked her for bringing attention to the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline issues. I was impressed at how right she got the project details, with the exception of how helpful she felt Oregon’s Senators were. She welcomed my comments and we had a few other exchanges here and there over the course of time and then went our separate ways.
A few weeks ago Mary reached out to me sharing her plans to install the Condemned exhibit which would represent the loss of homes and properties because of the Pacific Connector Gas pipeline. She asked me if she could use a photo of our property, as more than a mile of the pipeline is slated to traverse our land. I said sure. The exhibit began to accelerate; she asked me to tell her my story, so I quickly wrote something up, then she asked me if I would come to the Condemned Press Conference, I said sure again.
After seeing what Mary created in her neighborhood with her family, neighbors, and Eugene 350, and listening to the crowd at the press conference, I felt reassured. There are many in Southern Oregon experiencing my same story about losing their privacy and property to a Canadian Corporation and their shareholder greed. Many sharing my fears feel very alone. When we arrive home to our own lives and routines from an event such as the University of Oregon’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the cloak of camaraderie and solidarity tends to feel very far away.
I want to say again how grateful and how appreciative I am for the bountiful attention and energy Mary, 350 and neighboring families have put into Condemned. Emotion bubbles up when I think of what it means to know that while climate issues are bigger than our own intimate fears regarding our properties the fact that someone is lending their voice to our voices is huge.
Knowing someone else now knows me, has seen my face, touched my arm, and heard my fears is reassuring that I am not just an invisible term, a set of words “property owner.”
Now a few more people know that what I care about is very real, I feel less lonely and a little less afraid. We are not out of the woods by any means but at least we know there are others in the shadows sharing our concerns and lending their voices to ours in saying NO; NO to the pipeline and NO to Jordan Cove. NO to harming our world any further.