One of the most powerful moments of my summer was attending a town meeting in South Portland that discussed the tar sands issue. A 12-year-old, who lives in South Portland and attends Mahoney Middle School, stood up and addressed the large crowd. I was deeply moved by his statement:
“I was born after most of you, and when you’re not around anymore my generation will still be here cleaning up the messes you’re deciding to make right now.”
This young man is already taking responsibility for his generation. Let’s think about our legacy. Let’s think about his generation. Let’s prevent tar sands from coming to South Portland.
He got it right. Shame on us if he and his generation have to clean up the mess when we’re long gone.
Vote for the Waterfront Protection Ordinance on Nov. 5 to protect South Portland from tar sands.