This is in response to Lee James’ letter to the editor ( “ ‘Kayaktavist’ protesters relied on oil products”) of June 1: James stated that “kayaktivists” protesting the arrival of the Shell drilling rig in Seattle are hypocrites because they burned petroleum-based fuel to travel to Seattle, and used kayaks and other equipment and clothing made with petroleum during their protest.
James’ letter, of course, is correct. We are all so trapped in a system that does not prioritize care for the environment that we cannot even protest Shell or governmental policies without being hypocrites to some extent.
Our economic system, and our culture, prioritizes maintaining our freedom to use any amount of energy we can afford, regardless of the cost to the environment and to our sisters and brothers around the world.
Our system has to change. The survival of our planet depends on it. I support these protesters and others who have the courage and energy to demonstrate their concerns.
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I don’t know how Lee James lives, but I know that while I continue to drive to my job and live in ways that damage the environment, these protesters are working for positive change.
Rev. Julie Johnson