With the damage already done in the United States Gulf Coast region now the furious race is on to clean up the 210,000 gallons of oil spilling out of a tube every day into this area of the world. It has been kept somewhat quiet on the state of emergency scale but to me there is nothing more threatening.
If the oil should reach the Gulf Stream currents and be carried up the coast there is little containment possibility once it hits the Atlantic ocean. So what does that mean?
Coastal regions could begin seeing oil balls wash up on shore (so far only a small number have been seen in a few Gulf states which is encouraging) which would lead to the closing of millions of beaches just before the warm summer weather is going to hit. But most importantly, the marine life, plants and water itself will all be compromised. This is a big staple of our own food supply and a scary prospect that it could be impacted so heavily.
According to a recent AP article:
“Meanwhile, scientists warned of the effects of the oil that has already leaked into the Gulf. Researchers said miles-long underwater plumes of oil discovered in recent days could poison and suffocate sea life across the food chain, with damage that could endure for a decade or more.”
Yikes! So what can we as individuals do to help with this tragic situation?
There are a few things the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) suggests trying:
1. Donate to the cause — By simply texting the word “wildlife” to 20222 a $10 donation will be made.
2. Volunteer for the cleanup efforts — for those in a position to head to the Gulf this is a fantastic way to really get in there and help. The NWF is looking for ground volunteers, you can read about it and sign up here. Or if you see wildlife that has been oiled please call (866) 557-1401.
3. Speak out and get the word out that we are all looking for safer alternatives to oil! Posting blogs, reposting articles, talking about this crisis and really getting educated will make all the difference as we work to educate others. Read up on the benefits of wind power, solar, hydro, etc and start talking about it!
The more we spread the word on reduced energy consumption and our lessened need to create new petroleum based products, the less we will need to turn to oil for our own consumption. I encourage everyone to read up and spread the word on this man made disaster while there is still time to contain it.
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