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Chris Keenan
Chris Keenan

Environmental End of Occupy Movement

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has grown and expanded to other states, countries, and continents. The movement in itself does not limit the issues at hand, but there are several issues that have gotten the spotlight. A lot of speeches have been made about the existing economic and political problems, but until recently, environmental qualms weren't given much attention.

However, on October 30 as part of Climate Justice Day, there are a number of speakers who will be addressing a number of environmental issues such as mountain top removal/coal mining, fracking, nuclear issues, tar sands, and renewable energy.

These events are taking place in New York City's Zucotti Park, and the activities are part of what's now being called Green Sunday. Other topics of interest include Eco-Resistance and Environmental Strategies, Wall St. (capitalism), the Roots of the Ecological Crisis, and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation.

While Green Sunday may be the biggest environmental event that has come out of the Occupy Movement, from the start there have been concerned environmentalists who have been a part of the movement. Just last week, environmental activists filed into the auditorium at the Greenwich Village School (PS 41) to protest Spectra 30's proposed 30-inch natural gas pipeline, which is being heavily criticized by environmentalists due to the number of pipeline-related catastrophes that have caused devastation in the past.

Fracking would also be involved in the construction of the pipeline, a process which can potentially deliver radioactive materials to New York City homes. Actor Mark Ruffalo expressed his concern, “Isn’t there a point where we say, ‘Enough is enough?' We will pay an enormous cost for relying on carbon-based fuels for another 30 years and make it less and less possible to change a disastrous course.â€

What environmental issues do you feel should be addressed by the protestors? Right now, priorities seem scattered, with issues ranging from eco-friendly garage door repair to sustainable energy. Do you have faith in the Occupy Movement? Let us know in the comment section below.

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