Sacrificing For The Good Of Humanity

August 21, 2011
Tar Sands Action

Some people cannot sit idly by while issues of paramount importance to them are being discussed and debated in the halls of Government. There are those who walk among us that stand up and make brave sacrifices so the rest of us can reap the rewards of their sacrifice as we comfortably go about our days.

This weekend in Washington, DC, an organized demonstration began that has the potential to alter the course of humanity. Yes, it’s that important.  I hope you will take a few minutes to read about it and honor the sacrifice that others are making this very minute on our collective behalf.

Protesters in DC, including my good friend and fellow World Domination Summit sister, Jessica Chapin, are attempting to de-fuse the ticking time bomb called the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline by risking arrest at a coordinated sit-in in front of the White House. The peaceful demonstration includes people from around the country that have put their bodies on the front line of this battle in order to put pressure on President Obama to deny the permit for this disastrous proposed pipeline.

Tar Sands ActionAs I write this from the comfort of my home in Atlanta, Jessica is sitting in a DC jail awaiting release sometime on Monday. She was the second person arrested in Saturday’s sit-in, and is joined by 65 other brave individuals that have said enough is enough. These people believe what CREDO poignantly stated last month: We. Must. Stop. This.

I watched Jessica’s arrest live Saturday morning and could not be more grateful and proud of her action. I spoke with her on Thursday before she left for DC. We talked about the Keystone XL issue and how critical it is to our country and the future of our planet that we stop this pipeline project. We don’t have the luxury of a do-over if we get this wrong.

See, we have a big problem. Our society is addicted to an unsustainable, highly polluting, politically distorting and filthy source of energy. Oil. Like junkies with a bad meth habit, we seem to be willing to go to whatever lengths available to us to get our next fix. And just like a meth junkie, the next fix brings us closer and closer to the crash that always comes.  For us, the next fix is tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, which is dirtier, more toxic, and much more carbon-intensive than traditional crude oil. The Keystone XL pipeline is the equivalent of a huge needle for us to mainline this filthy oil straight into the vein along the Texas Gulf coast. Not good news at all!

I’ve written about the issue over at where I’m working with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on a petition to stop Keystone XL, so I won’t get into all of the pipeline specifics here. I truly hope you will click over, read the overview and sign the petition. And if you know any Youth that want to get involved, the IS Foundation is also organizing a video campaign so those under 18 can have their voices heard as well. Check it out here.

I’m posing this question today: if people are willing to sit in jail over this issue, can you take a minute to read about why and sign a petition?

If you feel moved to take additional action, check out the Tar Sands Action website that has information about the organized demonstration and volunteer opportunities.

Most importantly, please, please, PLEASE share this with your friends, followers, etc. The more people know about this issue, the greater the chance we have of blocking the permit.  Luckily, President Obama is the final decision-maker, and it does not require Congressional wrangling. The President said himself

“For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we must end the age of oil in our time.” – Barack Obama

Please stand with me today as we hold the President accountable for his position, and let’s honor the sacrifice that our fellow citizens have made on our behalf.

You can show your support by adding your name today.

Thank you for doing your part, and special thanks to the people who sit in jail tonight so that we can realize a clean energy future for our planet. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated!

Photo: Shadia Fayne Wood


p.s. if you want to see more, Dirty Oil is an excellent documentary that shows the realities of Tar Sands Oil production. You can watch it free on YouTube here.


  • Reply Ibosarge August 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I can do nothing but thank the folks that are standing up for all of our rights. I’m very proud of them and they have my support. Everyone please sign the petition Brandon has attached. This is one way our voices can be heard.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton August 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Lori. You’ve done so much to raise awareness around how your community has been adversely impacted by an oil spill as well. I know people like Jessica are doing what they can to prevent other communities from suffering the same fate in the future. I appreciate your strength and resolve – it’s very inspiring.

  • Reply Darcie Jolliff August 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, I am very thankful for people like Jessica who are willing to sacrifice and represent all of us and stand up for what they believe in.

    Thank you for sharing Brandon!

    • Reply Brandon Sutton August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Me too, Darcie. It warms my heart to see others putting themselves on the line for issues they believe in. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Simone Lipscomb August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    It is time for all of us to take a stand on issues that are important to us and be active in our concerns. The time for sitting idly on the sidelines is O V E R! Thanks for the post Brandon!

    • Reply Brandon Sutton August 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, Simone. Your contributions are greatly appreciated as well. I can’t wait for you and Jessica to meet when she’s back in Asheville. Maybe I’ll come up and we can all hang. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Chapin August 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Brandon, I can’t even tell you how much it means to read this article. The thing that kept our spirits up while we spent those days in jail was knowing that the movement had been ignited, that people were not deterred by our arrest but in fact that much more inspired to stand up for their beliefs. It has been an honor, and incredibly humbling, to put myself on the front lines of the movement to save our planet. I have but one life to live, and one planet on which to live; this is my hell yes, my moment to stand up for our environment. It gives me great hope to know that I am not alone. 

    Thank you for everything that you are doing – it is truly awesome to stand beside you in this fight!

    • Reply Brandon Sutton August 25, 2011 at 3:23 am

      Jessica, I knew that there would be a feeling of camaraderie throughout this process, and it’s good to hear that you were able to stay in good spirits during this ordeal.  Your sacrifice is inspiring beyond words, and I’m honored to know you. 

      Much respect to you for your unwavering leadership on this issue!

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