Could you imagine someone walking up to your home and offering you a check for two hundred thousand dollars? You would probably say yes, right?! That is a hefty sum of moola. But, what if the only catch was that in return for this fat check, you had to give up clean water, clean air, and non-toxic soil…you might think twice about that buy out.

This is the reality that’s facing thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada, who are being asked to lease their land to oil companies to make room for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Regardless on where you stand on the issue of natural gas, it is so important for us to take a step back and actually weigh the cost that installing this massive funnel (for lack of a better word) will have on the planet and our future livelihood.

Oil companies have done a great job at making this issue an economic one, but it is time to look at this as a human issue and an animal issue. This video is a must-see for anyone who has lost sight of these two vastly important perspectives. Money may last forever, but safe drinking water and clean air won’t. Which one would you prefer to live without?