- A broken water main brings dump trucks, diggers, and some kind of doomsday machine. Then the street sweeper, more trucks, and asphalt to mask the problem — until next week, when it happens again, and residents will again be encouraged to boil their already-chemically-treated, former-landfill-leachate water before ingesting it. Just like Indigenous peoples used to do before Euro-American colonizers imposed their “superior,” “civilized,” and planet-destroying ways of being on the entire world.
- A slow-moving, foul-smelling truck — trailed by someone literally blow-torching the road — is passing. Garbage, package, food, and fuel delivery trucks are not pleased. Even more annoyed are people in cars, pickups, SUVs, and motorcycles (and e-bikes) who insist that their vehicles (both gas and electric cause devastating environmental and human damage) are the only way to get there from here.
- Re-paving or “fog sealing” roads, more concrete for sidewalks, handling its own property “landscaping,” etc. Of course, another reason we close our windows is that the heat coming off all the pavement — and driveways, patios, buildings, rooftops, vehicles, land free of obliterated tree canopies and greenery, etc. — makes the air much warmer than it would be otherwise.
By Kristian Connolly The November ballot will feature Montpelier residents and elected officials, many supported for their message of caring about the climate, environment, and your health. Montpelier, you’ve been had. Perhaps willingly. Your continued support and normalization of what Should. Not. Be. Normal. is killing the planet and all life on it. Hold on, I need to close windows because the street sweeper, defended and celebrated by many on FPF (including the “green” city), is spewing its visible exhaust, kicking up a dust and debris storm, and operating at airport-level decibels — with a gaslighting “Help Keep Montpelier Clean” decal on its side. Of course, to protect our health, our windows are often closed because various neighbors in every direction have been hastening the demise of all life on Earth and threatening our present well-being with ruinous machinery — and obliterating quiet, private, and poison-free enjoyment of spaces for any living being unfortunate enough to exist nearby.Everywhere, exhaust-belching, fuel-burning, silence-destroying diggers, earth movers, trucks, lifts, pavers, mowers, trimmers, and power tools literally devastate the ecosystem, annihilating and poisoning yards, hillsides, fresh water sources, vegetation, wildlife, and clean air. Tons of destructive concrete (a global emissions leader). Layers of plastics, treated woods and metals, chemicals, foams, glass, and paint. All in the name of “renovation” and “more space” (or is it vanity, greed, leisure, laziness, and culturally defined “success”?). All for a place to hold stuff. Or a multi-unit housing structure. Or an Airbnb. Or an area to “entertain.” Or a denatured yard. Or all of that on the same square of earth. Frequently this happens where “We believe…” signs often say climate change and/or science is real. Here’s what I believe: Nothing on your sign matters if you are helping to destroy our collective home with your me-first, me-only, there-are-no-consequences behaviors. Then there’s the city. Aside from street sweepers: