The result of the unchecked, defecation of the Shell Oil Spill is pure devastation, 35 million tons of Carbon Dioxide and 12 million tons of methane. The gases formed during the flare ups mixes with the moisture in the air and causes acid rain.
Complete destruction of ecosystems
Shell Oil has completely changed the landscape and the socio-economic situation for the people. Once a place of abundance for the people of the land who worked in close knit communities has changed the way of life, the people have become environmental refugees.
An extensive mangrove forest, and fresh water swamp, fertile soil seasoned by annual flooding grew medicinal plants, farm crops and fishing for the people to make their way of life. The indigenous people viewed the rich land with a deep spiritual significance, as land where their ancestors revered and were the guardians and stewards for, and for generations to come.
A sacred possession
How do you put the price on what is a sacred possession? Or animals that can’t be killed because they are sacred totems? Shell Oil clearly had no respect for the environment or its people. The totems are spirits of people already passed and to kill them would bring certain devastation, and that it did.
“From the day we arrive on the planet, there’s more to see and do that can ever be done. More to find than can ever be found, and it moves us all.” –Elton John, Tim Rice The Circle of Life
Earth religion, earth people
The rights to the land are natural rights. Shell Oil took advantage of a people of the earth and their dynamic interaction that ensure dynamic sustainability. The people of Nigeria and our lives depend on the environment and a new level of relationship, stress and inconvenience came when Shell Oil onto the scene. How does Shell Oil intend to make up for alienating the people from what they hold sacred in social harmony?
“You think you own whatever land you land on. The earth is just a dead thin you can claim. But I know every rock and tree and creature, has a life, has a spirit, has a name. –Classic Disney, Pocahontas.
The spiritual beliefs and practices of people who recognize that they depend on the Earth for survival, to ensure fertility, safety and food for the community the power of their religion is to ensure the soul and the belly are full and the land is sustainable and its resources respected. Despite the rest of the world’s attempts to kill every living thing, hold nothing sacred, scientifically label separate and define these people are the last people on the earth who live simply and invoke more soul and direct mindful attention to what is holy every second of the day.
This way of life is the spiritual culture, the “peace and good seasons” the rest of the world has no absolute clue about. There is more lesson here to be learned than chemical spill and awkward devastation. Toleration. They didn’t impose themselves on anyone until the land began to suffer and community could barely survive. They lived bravely in the harshest of saturated in oil.
What Shell Oil exposed the people of Nigeria to had nothing to do with natural existence
Earth people do not need constant reminders that what is spirit is as real as what is the material world, only the people who measure things with their devices, whose power is out of balance need proof. Earth people live in a world of nothing but connection and in this type of world the people do not look to escape to heaven, but understand and enjoy this life.
The hope is that people will have outgrown the dogmas, and conspiracies and come back to the roots of being, that life will come full circle and nature and community will be one in spirit and the importance of corporate greed and the selfishness of individual will have become obtuse.
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