You may only know her from her Hollywood adaptation portrayed by Julia Roberts, but the real life Erin Brockovich has long been campaigning for a safer, cleaner environment.
The former file clerk turned environmental crusader is currently giving lectures on empowerment, corporate affairs and the shocking state of the environment which is suffering due to heavy industry and small scale ignorance on the part of individuals.
The film featured Brockovich fighting against a corporation who were pumping hexavalent chromium into the water supply which was causing sickness in local residents.
During her lecture she spoke of the residents of Hinkley, California and their plight since the film aired. There were a total of 630 residents represented in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric and to date 54 of them have died as a result of the deadly toxin.
Hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6, is still in the process of being cleaned up and according to Brockovich it will take the next thousand years to completely eradicate it.
She opened her talks with a bold and uncompromising statement:
“We are on a collision course.”
“The time has come for us to find a new way to do business…to find ways we can give back to the planet we’ve taken so much from. It is the only thing that has continually sustained us all – the earth.”
Her words echo the sentiments of the all but lost indigenous Indians who tended and respected the lands long before their eventual enslavement by Christian settlers. Their philosophy was simple, give back whatever you take from the land.
Brockovich’s greatest wish is for corporate transparency, communication and trust; that we are all able to see how companies deal with their waste products and ensure that safe practises and stringent protocols are followed to keep our environment clean.
Now the president of Brockovich Research and Consulting, she is keeping an eye on many environmental issues and near the top of that list is Fracking.
Hydro-Fracking is the destructive, expensive and dangerous technique used to extract natural gas from shale beds. America is currently being exploited for this supposed ‘clean’ alternative fuel, but the cost of extracting it has a higher toll on the environment than any fossil fuels currently in use – just like coal and nuclear.
“I get e-mails from people all over…that the process is depleting water supplies everywhere. I am very aware of the situation you have here and in Pennsylvania with hydro-fracking,” Brockovich told her audience.
And she explained that there are agencies already fighting the battle with companies like Halliburton (the greatest proponent of fracking) but that many of them are stretched. She told the crowd that they could do something though, that individual empowerment is the key to winning the war.
“I don’t want to put down our agencies who are overburdened. We can come out and assist and get data…Hydro-fracking is a problem everywhere and we’re well aware of it. It will be a battle. This is the way that they want to get that gas. Without someone like you and communities stepping up saying that you are not going to let this happen any more…everything will fall through the cracks.”
Erin Brockovich is an inspirational character and a fantastic role model who makes a mockery of women like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Hopefully young women (and men) will see the way she empowers others to believe they can make a real difference as the right example to follow rather than idolising idiots who are all surface and no substance.
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