Pump Project Breaking free from our oil addiction. Oil companies have controlled people’s lives since cars first began using oil. To us oil is convenient and we have become addicted to it despite the unjust prices we are charged. While the whole time there have been cleaner, cheaper ways to run your car or use transportation. Many of these alternative transport methods can even be seen in small towns like Nelson. Those who use these methods are already searching for a future with clean air and ground unscarred by human drills. Today, in a world controlled by oil, cars leave a trail of pollution behind. They rumble along spewing black smoke and trampling earth under their tires. Their feeding stations are lit up like bright beacons beckoning consumers in to empty their wallets in order to feed these mechanical beasts. Billions of cars, like tiny ants, cut paths across Earth’s surface and leave their oily footprints everywhere. They paint the night with ribbons of red and white all connected together like a giant spider web. In humans eyes these metallic creatures are no more than big toys to play with and when one gets broken we simply trade it in for a newer, cooler version. The old cars lay abandoned where they died, forgotten on roadsides or peoples properties or massive car graveyards. The graveyards push back the wilderness as they expand to accommodate the thousands of cars who will sit rusting away for hundreds of years. It is a beautiful yet tragic sight, like something from a story about a dystopian world. In order to break free from the cage that oil has put us in we must first be willing to change. Many people have already started to change. Even on frosty Nelson mornings a steady trickle of kids can be seen walking to school, their breath coming out in white clouds. Bikes stand at attention waiting to whisk people away at a moment’s notice. They crowed outside schools and dot roadsides and sidewalks. Busses packed full of people rumble along city streets picking up people who dream of a clean world. People heading to the same place sometimes catch rides together to save fuel. Even electric cars can now be spotted; their tiny forms and unique shape making them stand out. Dwarfed among the towering, gas guzzling trucks that are so common. Another clean transport ideas that you can find in bigger cities are the subways that whip through tunnels under the cities carrying thousands of people where they need to go. We have begun to change but it will take a lot more work to fix the damage we have done. Hopefully with time we will be able to break our oil addiction and clean up the mess we have made so that our Earth will be here for many more generations for humans to see. In order for our children and grandchildren to see a beautiful world we must work together to get rid of oil for good.