Guest post by Rachel Mark
Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
I am an environmentalist–the chair of Green Sanctuary, chair of Harrisburg Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, a board member of PA-Interfaith Power and Light, and a member of Gas Truth of Central PA. Several years ago, Naomi Klein’s TED talk first brought to my attention the Canada Tar Sands. I was appalled and subsequently watched a number of tar sands videos, some of which I showed at a meeting of Green Sanctuary.
In June 2011 at UUA General Assembly, I heard that a Tar Sands rally would be held in Washington DC in late August. At that time, I decided I would participate. When it later became apparent to me that it was civil disobedience, with a possible arrest, I was already committed, no matter what happened. Two of my fellow UU’s and environmentalist friends, Susan Norris and Barbara VanHorn, decided to go, and we signed up. It was an easy decision for the three of us.