Naomi Klein Chapter 10 – Fadilat Olasupo

Naomi Klein Chapter 10 “Love will save this place” is basically about how communities cherish what they have. Communities are continuously trying to protect their lands, territories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes from tar sands pipelines which threaten the health of the community by carrying poisons across their waterways. They take up this duty to protect their water, which not only unites opposition to the tar sands pipeline, but also plays a part in every single movement fighting extreme extraction against deep water drilling, fracking, or mining. Also, the communities fear for what may happen to their water system binds them together. The anti-fracking movement kicked off because of the increased fear of contaminated drinking water. This chapter is very similar to the Gasland(s) documentary of fracking, and deep water drilling causing waters to be contaminated and causing serious health risks. Water as a whole is very important to people specifically in South Africa. The local spiritual leader says “The water is so holy, if you do not have water you do not have anything to live for” he adds “I will fight to the death. I will not allow this water to be destroyed”. That is the ultimate sign of Love. I agreed with Klein when she stated how water united peoples, to protect their environment for a greater cause. I noticed that this is usually because they fear for the future of their children’s life. Love is a very great factor in getting people to act against something. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much. The richest and most powerful companies will still exploit the law to try to stamp out real threats to lock in their ability to dig and drill wherever they wish in the world. Even though some companies have decided to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy, it doesn’t amount to the already up and running extraction operations.

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4 Responses to Naomi Klein Chapter 10 – Fadilat Olasupo

  1. coumbandiaye says:

    I enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you water is the most basic element of life. I absolutely agree with these communities because to fight for a healthy water is to fight for their life. We need water for almost everything everyday. It is not even about them lacking water. It is about people who knows how important and necessary water is for life yet practicing these actions that can contaminate the communities’ water. I think certain actions are just plain wrong and people who allow fracking, tar sands pipelines and mining to the extreme point need to put themselves in the shoes of these people to experiences what they feel.

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  2. rachel0zy says:

    I agree with what you said. I believed that love is powerful to change the world. People should cherish what they have, so that they would care about the environment, care about the community and others. People should also think about their children’s life. As Klein said, she wanted her children to “be born into a world where hope and transformation are possible”. Water is very important because people cannot live without water. Then it is normal that people fight for clean water. It is not a good way for changing the environment if it will pollute the water.

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  3. Ziying Liang says:

    I agree with what you said. I believed that love is powerful to change the world. People should cherish what they have, so that they would care about the environment, care about the community and others. People should also think about their children’s life. As Klein said, she wanted her children to “be born into a world where hope and transformation are possible”. Water is very important because people cannot live without water. Then it is normal that people fight for clean water. It is not a good way for changing the environment if it will pollute the water.

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  4. Eugene Dorokhin says:

    The concept of “Love will save this place” really ties into the collective power of a people coming together. When resources that are vital to everyone’s health, in this case water, become threatened by the conflicting interests of business, it takes protest to prevent damage. While the ability to pollute without concern may be legal in many regions of the world, it is clearly not in the interest of the people, and so they are the only ones who can do anything about it. Water is not a spiritual device in most places, but the fact that it is for these people only adds to the outrage that would take if it were desecrated for profit.

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