This blog is the first in a series of profiles written by 350VT intern Julie Elfin. Julie got the chance to speak with Mary Martin of Cornwall, who’s been involved with fighting the VGS pipeline since 2013. This is Mary’s story.
In the beginning, I was angry. I wasn’t afraid. There’s no fear with anger. I just knew I had to do something.
I wasn’t an activist or an environmentalist. I wasn’t looking for a cause. Vermont Gas came knocking on our door, my family’s home. They just took the wrong approach with me. They threatened to seize our land right off the bat. What they were trying to do, using eminent domain for a private company, was just so wrong.
At the time, it was just about our land, and I didn’t care about the world. I was like a mother bear protecting her cubs. It was personal: my land, my town, my territory. I was still blissfully ignorant about the harms of natural gas and climate change. I didn’t know about the tar sands, where the gas was coming from. Once you are informed, though, you have to do something about it.