Like so many of you, the growing disaster of the oil spill in our country’s beautiful Gulf Coast region is continuously on my mind. If you are new to reading my blog (and thank you) and are curious as to what the oil spill has to do with alpacas, please read my prior blog post here. Today, I simply want to vent.
I love our beautiful planet Earth with all its magnificent treasures. In an average human’s lifetime, there would probably never be enough time to see, hear, feel, touch, taste, or otherwise experience all there is on planet Earth. I’ve always felt it is important to appreciate nature and how it intertwines with all life. I’ve always felt it to be very important to take care of the Earth and do all that is possible to keep our planet safe and healthy, which in turn keeps all of us safe and healthy. Why wouldn’t we want to take care of our planet? This is the only place we can live.
The Gulf Coast oil spill is shaping up to be worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. There is no shortage of depressing broadcasts and video. I am a happy American, and I do believe in democracy, capitalism, personal wealth, philanthropy, and a free society. I believe that these ideals are worth continually striving for, that they create a better life for all. This disaster is heartbreaking, yes mostly for the residents in the Gulf Coast region, but also for the rest of the Earth’s inhabitants, human and otherwise. WE WILL ALL BE AFFECTED AT SOME POINT.
The blame game is going on now and who is to blame? And is there just one answer? Is it BP, and/or the companies they worked in conjunction with? Is it our elected government and/or its appointees? Is it us, the American citizens, with our insatiable lifestyle? And right now, who is going to clean up the spill? Oil is gushing out daily by the thousands of gallons, ruining more and more of the Gulf Coast region, and spreading out of the region. It seems like everything is working in slow motion while oil is spreading out polluting the ocean at the speed of light.
I think of all this while I quietly take Stella for a walk, plant and weed in the gardens, pick lettuce and herbs for dinner, hang out laundry, skirt fleece, weave and knit, watch Dan work the pastures and build gates and hay bins, and take care of the alpacas. In my lifetime I have tried to only drive fuel-efficient vehicles, car pool, turn off lights, turn down the thermostat, open windows and use fans instead of air conditioning, shut off the water when brushing my teeth, use lukewarm water for washing clothes, hang out my laundry, grow a lot of my own veggies, plant perennials which attract pollinators, garden without pesticides or herbicides, buy organically grown food and products, compost and recycle everything I can, promote solar and wind power and renewal energy, etc. I always wonder if I’m doing enough, or too much, or if it really makes a difference in the big scheme of things, whenever I see a large environmental disaster unfold. I am trying so hard to remain optimistic as well as realistic, and I will continue to do what I’ve done with a better focus, and continue to find new ways to keep our planet safe and healthy.
The best way to clean up the Gulf Coast Oil spill, and to prevent future tragedy, is a positive outlook and a 'we can do it' spirit.
One of my favorite environmental protection groups is the Natural Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org. I’ve always found them to be very effective. Their blog is continually being updated regarding the spill ~ http://switchboard.nrdc.org/gulfspill.php. One of their writers also writes her own blog and has this post on a similar theme as to what I’ve just written today ~ http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/default.asp.
Thank you all for listening.