You are not a thing.
You are a process.
Every cell, every tissue, in constant flux and turnover.
You drink water. That water becomes, for a while, you.
The air that rushes into your lungs is not the same air that leaves when you breath out. The air that leaves was, just seconds ago, you.
There is no environment that is not us.
Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency might better be called the the Agency for the Protection of Everything That Flows Through Our Bodies.
We share this gorgeous planet with other beings, our relatives.
Who also are not things.
Who also are processes.
Some of whom regulate processes essential for our own lives. All of whom endow us with beauty and awe and amazement and wonder.
Even if we decided to sacrifice our own well-being, we have no right to sacrifice theirs.
There is a bright side on this dark day for environmental protection.
Through us water has voice.
Through us soil can march on Washington.
Through us air and climate and ferns and porpoises can be mad as hell.
When we fight for our lives and the integrity of our children's bodies we fight for everything because we are everything.