- Ignore Natural Needs
- No Caring About Pollution
- Unlimited Resources
- Respect Everything
- Manipulate Environment
- Not Talking About/Shoving Down Throats
Secondly, the relationships of all of the people in the Ibo tribe in Umuofia and Mbanta are very strong. Again, that can go back to the event of when the little boy was called, but here it is described into further detail. Many of the men were know as the hunters/protectors. They were the ones that would go out on a daily basis and receive supplies for the families to stay supported and get through the days. The men were known to not be afraid of blood, and had to be tough. The women of the other hand were completely different. The women could be placed under the soft and innocent categories. They were known for staying home and keeping everything together for the family. Also the women would segregate themselves into their own little groups and socialize, then at night tell metaphorical stories about animals.
It was late in the afternoon, Obierika stood a comfortable distance away from the lifeless, wilting, dying body of Okonkwo. Obierika knew it was not the best to touch him, as much as she wanted to one last time. She looked at his hand, there was a tattered banana leaf sitting between his two fingers. She asked a stranger to take it from Okonkwo and to hand it to her. Obierika unwrinkled the banana leaf and read what was written on the inside…
“To whom ever reads this, you recognize my absence to the present world. However, I am present mentally, nno. Life itself is changing ever second when you have missionaries. They shall change you, making you one of their own. Causing you to forget who you are to ruin the better lives of future generations. For the time I was alive, I saw us as obodo dike, but that has obviously changed. I know that I am not the only one who finds these changes to be different and unappreciated, but when they conquer our land to the fullest extent, I shall be the tufia of Umuofia.”
Obierika stopped reading for a few minutes to absorb and reminisce the words of wisdom that were being portrayed in the death note. The emotions of denial and misunderstanding was overpowering, Obierika fought to keep in the tears of regret.
“Why had we not believed?” murmured Obierika. She proceeds to read, this time trying to hold everything in until the end.
“I don’t reckon that is necessary to live somewhere anymore if your roots are ripped apart like a flower in the ground. My original land will never be the same, and I have nowhere else to go except with chi. We will sit together high in the sky on the clouds, eat Kola Nuts, talking about how life will never be the same, for he is the only one who shall understand. We shall talk about how they had no pity on us and shall never have pity on us. And as they showed they had no pity on us, I showed the same. Word will probably be out way after my soul flies high into the sky. They will not be able to banish again, and even they did so, it would be pointless for it would make no change. That is all I have to say, and I am long gone right now. To whomever reads, don’t forget me, don’t forget Umuofia.”
Obierika took a quick look and noticed the hand where the letter once was. It was missing something. His jigida had no longer been on his wrist; it was broken, all over the floor under where Okonkwo was hanging. Obierika took the beads, wrapped it in the banana. She then dug a hole and places it in.
“I cannot touch you, but you are still with us in Umuofia.”
but somebodies that become anybodies nobody
people think too much in the box
unique to a point where the envelope is never pushed.
but plain enough to a point where getting known is as simple as you're family
there are somebodies that fight too hard for the nobodies spot
is there really people that want to be somebodies
is there really people that want to be nobodies
or is there just an eraser in the middle and we are the led
but sadly there is...
the one's who dress to impress
the one's who act for the riches
the one's who yell against background music
the one's who have there own entourage
i remember when the brown paper said "we the people"
but now it's them the people and we the citizens
we shape history too
or do we?
Let erase history, for the somebodies.
It’s been 3 long hours I have been standing out side the tall white house that America looks up to how they look up to it I can not begin to understand. How can you trust people to make choices for a nation not even knowing the full effect of what can happen. The tar sands pipeline will be the death of us all. It will have a huge effect on the environment and it won’t end well. The tar sand pipe is just a failure waiting to happen the first pipe that is all ready made was only suppose to leak once every 7 years it leaked 12 times in one year! This is not a safe project that’s why I am up here next to the white house protesting for what I believe is right. We stand here untied for one cause and we are all going to stand up for what’s right like the great red woods in California we will stand up tall. The cops start yelling through their loud speakers. The words they say don’t faze us they roll right off of us like nothing was ever said. They start to move in with their batons and harsh words we still stand. I see people getting handcuffed people bleeding. I start to move back yelling we must stay put we can’t give up we came this far for a reason! An officer came up to me and through my hands behind my back I just kept a smile on my face. I felt the icy cold steel cuffs go around my wrist, At that moment I knew I did everything that I possibly could.
Robbie McCormac Dimitrty Medvedev
Hello my name is Dmitrty Medvedev I am the current Prime Minister of Russia. I thought it would be in my best interest to express my opinion about the Tar sand pipeline and how it can effect the rest of the world. The oil companies are getting greedy and they don’t understand the risk they could be putting all of us through. The oil that would be pumped out of Canada to America is what we call crude oil. Crude oil is a very dirty form of oil and it can be very dangerous to transport. This oil can have effects on the land, water ,and air. The people of the world could be potentially be facing a crisis and we don’t even realize it we just over look it like it’s just another way to get energy. I’m expressing my view here because I know President Obama has the power to make the final decision about this and he can potentially change the environment, as we know it. The tar sand’s is a catastrophe waiting to happen. It doesn’t only affect the U.S the Co2 from this can go into the air and cause serious problems for other countries to.
As an allies I would just like you to consider the possible negative out comes that may happen because of this.
Robbie McCormac Trans Canada
To Who ever may find this.
You are reading my last journal entry. The year is 2016 December 5th We finally got approved to start getting the crude oil that was in Canada over to the united states. We should have listened to all the protesters and the environmentalist. We got all the pipes in place by 2015 but we weren’t aloud to pump the oil until this year at first everything was fine jobs were created people were happy and best of all profit was coming in. We were able to take control of the oil industry in the United States it was a great accomplishment. But weeks after drilling the world was shocked to hear what was happing the current atmospheric co2 number went from 390ppm to a staggering 460ppm in just over a week people were scared with fear and I couldn’t blame them that day I drove to the Trans Canada HQ and sat at my desk looking out the window the sky now red with heat and blistering light. I sat at my all oak desk hearing on the T.V how we doomed the planet the co2 level was suppose to rise by 12 every day eventfully causing the atmosphere to collapse and then the planet would be destroyed people were told to live as well as they could in these last moments on earth. I put my head on my desk and reached under it to take out the little bottle of rum I kept. I took one last swig and opened my vault. Once I opened my vault I saw the letters C.O.L.T .45 and I just gazed upon it.
In this monologue, there were many issues portrayed in a unqiue way. How a single mother has experience the pipeline project frist hand. Another view is from a politician wife, the Rep. from Texas. These role are taken and shared, so that many views are taken into consideration of the project.
I want to show my point of view as a single mother that has 3 children on how I feel about the oil pipelines and the effect that it my have on not only my family but but community as well. I want people to know how I feel about and hopefully it will make a difference. I wanted to raise the importances of how dangerous that this can be and the health hazards that it can cause.
(Setting: In the kitchen making dinner for the kids but you have a lot of things on your mind. After they eat, they get ready for bed)
My name is Kimberly Williams. Well, people call me “Kim” for short. I am 36 years old and I’m a long term resident, living in Fort Chipewyan, Canada. I’m a single woman. Have three children. Two sons and one daughter. I’m in trying to make dinner for them, and get them ready for bed, but so much is going on right now. But anyways “Am I married?” Well, no. Divorced actually. I’m more so married to the environment now, if that’s how you want to put it. The trees, the plants, the bugs, water…yeah, that’s all-important to me. “Kids come down for dinner!” (pacing back and forth shakes head) A lot of my family worked in the oil industry. My mom has worked in the oil industry for years, so it has been a big role in my family. I have always been vocal in my community and always a voice about the tar sands industry. I will always call Fort Chipewyan my home, despite of the situations. Me, well, I believe that my kids and I are being jeopardized by this. (leaning against the counter). You know, my kids love to swim in the lake near the house, but now…one of the hardest things to tell them is no because as a mother, I fear for my children, and I am afraid of what is in that water. When I was little, in 1970, there was an oil spill that only a few people knew about. As I was walking along the beaches, I saw a bird covered in oil and GUESS WHAT?? People were still swimming. I know, (acting surprised) it was mind-boggling. Now, what would you have done, if you saw birds covered in oil? Cause, I know that if I saw a bird covered in oil, I wouldn’t allow my kids to swim. The waterfront where we used to dive off the dock into the water has no water anymore. It’s bone dry. (pulls out the salt and pepper for dinner) The water levels are low and the flood lakes are not flooding. You know what my main question is (confused) “Where are the people that are responsible for this? This community is very close and everyone knows each other so if anything would happen, we would automatically know about it. We have meetings about the tar sands and we are speaking out against them. I just want the industry to take another look at this and realize that what they are doing is not right. Yeah, it’s hurting us and possibly killing us. Like I said I’m 36 years old and I want to continue to raise my kids and see them grow. (trying to hold back tears) My neighbor told me something and it was really true, now that I think about it. She said, “Everyone always thinks about the next dollar but in reality, we need to take time to develop something better than what we have.” Come on kids! Hurry so ya’ll can get into bed early for tomorrow. You can’t possibly tell me that there isn’t a better way.
(Setting: Outside cutting wood)
Hi, my name is Mike. Mike Daniels that is. I’m 45 years old, married, and have 2 kids. I live in Winsboro Texas. I am also a carpenter. As you can see, I am building this new tree house. Well, I’ve been one for years now. I fell in love with the community for its beauty and nature. Later on, I purchased the spot that I liked, and later on, got married to my beautiful wife, started building my house, and later down the line, I had my 2 wonderful kids, Mike Jr. and Melissa. I own 20 acres of land with spring fed creeks, and hardwoods. (puts wood down) Now look. It’s about to be destroyed by this stupid oil pipeline. My property now, is being threatened because they now want to run the pipelines through my grounds. MY GROUNDS! The Canadian oil company, TransCanada wants to run the Keystone XL pipeline through the heart of the community. But here’s the bad part. The pipeline carries the most dirties oil in the world and it can really harm myself, as well as my family. I don’t want them to get sick ad possibly die. “Hold up where is my wood?” (looking around for it)…oh there it is. Anyways, really, I didn’t know anything about this “project” that they were talking about doing until my next door neighbor came and told me that she had caught surveyors on my property. So I do some research about it and when I got home, I found all these stakes coming up from the ground all around my property. I was so confused. As the weeks go by, my wife told me that she had received some mail stating a request for looking at my property. I thought it was kind of to late for that being as though there were already stakes up coming out of the ground. (laughs a little) I don’t know what they were going to do. Now look, I love this place and I would die in this place. So I refused to give them the permission to make any more moves. Two months later, I received another letter from the Houston attorney saying that if we didn’t respond within a week, then they would have domain over the property and come anyhow and take me to court. But who are they to tell me what I can and cannot do? At this point, I just don’t know what to do. So I wrote them back telling them that they can come and do what needs to be done, as long as I have a 24hr notice that they are on my property. I watch them do what needs to be done and all but wait…I found out something that was very surprising. I talked to Harry Balswind from Nebraska University and he said that TransCanada did not have a presidential permit and that the EPA was not approved. So wait? I’m thinking to myself, “What was all that for then? Look, I was so mad (cuts wood really hard). Pres. Barack Obama needs to know that having these pipelines are not cool. I have a life to live and so does my family. Having them hasn’t proved anything for our best interest and neither has it created jobs for people to work. You have to treat the landowners with respect and they need to stop with all of the lies. Just tell the truth. Safety should always come first. I think I should stop now and check on my kids.
My name is Victoria Meadows. My husband and me have been living in Channelview Texas for a while now. We both are business owners of a motorcycle repair shop. Were we live, is not far from the San Jacinto River so other oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron ship petroleum. Unfortunately, those type of companies pollute the are with toxins and most of the community is effected with the chance of having cancer. I am one that is active in my community and I am apart of a group called The Fight Against Pollution. We come together and think of ideas of trying to stop the air pollution and Channelview and make it a better place to live. (concerned)My community has struggled so much in the past 4 years and it’s our job as a community to stop the XL pipelines from coming through the grounds. In 1989, Shell oil blew up and it killed a lot of people and also polluted the air very bad. Uhh …what else happened? Oh, in the early 90’s there was an explosion. I can’t remember where it was though. Uh, Let’s see. The river flooded in 1994 but a lot of the oil companies refused to cut of their lines because of the pipelines that had exploded. So with all of that happening, you mean to tell me that you want XL PIPELINES RUNNING THROUGH OUR LAND?? Okay, I get it. You just want to hurt us even the more (getting mad) I don’t think it fair, Not only to me, but to all of the other families living here. This has to be the nastiest oil that we would be having if they still do decide to bring it to us. This is a really bad idea and they need to not follow through it. A lot of people ask me, (sarcastic voice) “Why do you live here?” It gets annoying after a while but I just say because I was born here. All of my memories were created here and I met my husband here. It will be like leaving a place where I spent my life. I don’t think it would be a good idea if I moved and let everyone suffer instead of trying to make a difference and helping my fellow peers and neighbors.
I'm sweating so badly, I have never sweat like this before. I’m so scared....I have this big interview coming up in a few minutes its weird. I wonder if I could just leave and do this tomorrow because I don’t think it’s going to happen today. I don’t think that it is possible to just go out there without fear. Like I don’t know if I can deal with the fact that I’m singled out on that stage in front of a billion people. What am I doing talking to myself pacing back and forth? I feel like I can’t do this. I’m leaving. I have to leave now I’m starting to feel sick. No I can’t go back, I have to go out there and face my fear. I have an oil company to defend and I need to defend it today. I need to stand in front of those environmentalists. I am not going to look like a fool, I’m going to march in that room and everyone will know what I am talking about. There is nothing standing in my way of being a boss doing my job. No one can take that from me because I am me. Ok so in there I go. Oh my gosh who am I kidding I don’t have the guts to go and there I didn’t even prepare my questions and answers so I would know what to say just in case they ask me that question and then I would feel lost .
Like who doesn’t know about the pipeline are they insane. Even though it causes a lot of economic problems. It’s also the reason why you guys are here today in the building full of electricity made from the oil that we are pumping through. From Canada to the U.S we are not using those solar solar panels we are using easy transportation. That oil makes Jobs an with those jobs, the environmentalist good get a job cleaning up the environment. Instead of getting arrested.
Hello ladies and gentleman, we now must welcome the oil company representative for the day. He will speaking kin favor for the oil company. Now for you economical people we would like to please silence your booing or anything to make this man not speak. We want him not to be nervous as possible. We don’t want to mess up his beginning speech now before the interview. Ok guys we have some bags to give out some for Eco and some for Oil Company we have them all everyone should get one. It doesn’t matter what you take just make sure you allow the man to speak on his behalf of that company. Now ladies and gentleman we have some problems back stage with him, he’s a little nervous. Our crew is trying to get him out that room now. Ok guys we might have to do this tomorrow because it doesn’t look like we can do this today I’m sorry for bringing you guys out here to see something that might not happen. I am so sorry guys I’ll be back. Damn it why would he just chicken out like that what was he thinking. He’s supposed to be a good representative for what he believes in now he’s gone. All because he can’t handle actually speaking in public or something so stupid. Arrghh. I am so mad at him like WTF. You know what I’m going to go out there and tell the people to come back another time unless he come back. At this moment he won’t be coming back.