Voice of the
donation by BP of $50,000 to Ivy Tech reminds us that it’s the time of year
when many of the BP’s (BIG POLLUTERS) give handsome donations to local causes
and send out expensive flyers advertising how much they have given to
community organizations letting us know what good neighbors they are. It is
nice for them to distribute a miniscule fraction of their fabulous wealth;
there’s no doubt about that.
But can we still count on recipient institutions, especially our local
schools and universities, to participate in holding these polluters to
account for the damage they cause to our environment and our health? Having
received these donations, are they going to bite their lips when these giant
corporations poison our childrens‚ lungs, make our fish unfit for
consumption, and retard our childrens’ mental growth and development?
When schools and universities take the BIG POLLUTERS’ money it is likely that
their professors will be pressured to abstain from any criticism of these
companies. The health of our children is more important than all of the
Public Relations money given to try to buy the silence of potential critics.
Schools, colleges and universities should be very wary of these grants and
the poisonous effect they can have on their freedom to join the public
discourse on cleaning up our environment.
Mary Ann Crayton
It’s Not About Making Them Good Corporate Neighbors! We are ‘We The People’.
We must write the laws. We must enforce them. There is no one else.