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Green is where the Heart Is for January 15th, 2014

“There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” ~Dave Barry

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

I will be at the Kure Beach town council meeting on Monday January 27th at 6:30pm along with anyone else who wants to voice his or her concern about the request for seismic testing that our mayor Dean Lambeth sent to Mr. Tommy Beaudreau, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Washington, DC.  Mayor Lambeth suggested that his request was purely financial in nature, urging them to move the process forward to approve permits for seismic studies to begin “the long overdue process of improving our energy and economic security.” 
It came as no surprise that this request was a form letter printed on letterhead of America’s Energy Forum.  According to the AEF Facebook page this group promotes practices such as fraking and touts them as a way to make America rich.  I have had some discussion with relatives about the fraking being done right now in my home state of Ohio and yes, there is a lot of money involved, but the potential price to pay for environmental hazards to human health and the health of our planet is a risk I prefer not to take.  What good is money if we have poor health and a weak planet?  This green heart is saddened. 
We share a world under the sea with life as tiny as a plankton and as massive as a whale.  What right do we as humans have to destroy their habitat?
Several years ago I was taking my husband to the ILM airport and as we drove on Martin Luther King Parkway I noticed the stumps of newly felled trees sticking up from the field.  Upon these stumps were birds sitting in the sun and it occurred to me they were coming back to their familiar spot but the branches of their trees were gone.  My next stop was Sam’s Club and as I pulled into the parking lot, once again I noticed birds sunning themselves but this time there were no stumps of trees.  Their habitat had been clear-cut and covered with blacktop with straight lines delineating parking spaces.  We invaded their environment and left them homeless assuming they would manage to find some other place to call home.  Even though birds have less nerve endings in their feet than I do, I imagined the heat of the blacktop would be felt in an unpleasant way. 
As we overtake the habitats of the creatures with which we share this planet, it will eventually come to haunt us or our children or our grandchildren.  When is enough, enough? 
Leave the oceans alone.  Oil and gas and coal is old school.  Renewable, sustainable energy sources are the future.  Let us proceed by preserving our planet so eco systems can continue to work together for the good of all.  Our world is a wonderland beneath the sea.  After all, the seas comprise 2/3rds of our earth surface.  That is about the same as the water in our bodies.  Our seas are our lifeblood.  Please protect our planet.  Do it for the future.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.