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Green is where the Heart Is for April 23, 2014

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”
~W.H. Auden

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet-we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.” – Sylvia Earle
I am greatly saddened by the Kure Beach town council’s vote of 3-2 to not support a resolution against seismic testing off our coast.  Wrightsville Beach endorsed it.  Carolina Beach endorsed it but in Kure Beach the environmentalists were overturned as Mayor Dean Lambeth, Councilman Craig Bloszinsky and Councilman Steve Pagley voted to not support this very important environmental issue.  As a beach community, it is ludicrous to have council members and a mayor that do not take the sacredness of the ocean, our own life blood, above all other considerations especially when the residents turned out to voice their concern during the January council meeting. 
According to Councilman Craig Bloszinsky, “There are people on both sides of this issue but the opposition to testing is passionate and organized.  I can't speak for others but I can tell you what is on my mind. 
We may disagree but I think the issue is much broader than a coastal concern.   An energy strong America can reduce debt, provide jobs, provide needed infrastructure, sustain necessary social programs, reduce the need for Fracking and its impacts, be less susceptible to OPEC and Russian Energy diplomacy and reduce the need for our Armed Forces to deploy for energy concerns.   
At the same time I am concerned about our beautiful coastal environment and the sea life that we all depend on for food and recreation.    Both the opportunities and concerns are worthy of investigating the facts and not just accepting the published positions of either the Oil & Gas industry or Oceana.” 
It is now clear to me that some may think that the ocean holds “food and recreation” without recognizing the intimate connection to the survival of our species. 
We have already infiltrated the ocean with plastics that do not decompose and spills from oil drilling and tankers that have devastated ocean life across the globe. Sylvia Earle respected oceanographer shared in her TED talk, “In the past 50 years we have taken more than 90% of the big fish in our sea. 
Our sea of Eden is now becoming Paradise Lost.”  Now is the time to protect the ocean.  Health for the ocean is health for mankind.  Let us make wind energy the lesser of the evils to strengthen America. 
The council of Kure Beach did not represent the residents of our town.  Join me in not giving up the fight to protect our oceans.  It truly is our lifeblood.  As Sylvia said, “Everybody has the capacity to do something.”  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.