I try to keep the tone of my communication as positive as I can. I feel strongly that the best way to change someone’s mind is to point out the positive alternatives – rather than the negative. I also think that the best way to achieve significant change is to start with individuals. My goal with each blog post is to change one person’s mind. I feel like if I can achieve that, I will have done something valuable. Whether it’s talking about solar powered web hosting or how easy it is to get rid of paper towels, I am hoping to change some minds and enlighten people.
Today, I am pretty sad. The disaster in the Gulf Coast is just completely horrific. I feel as though this will be considered one of the greatest environmental disasters in America’s history when all is said and done. The response so far from the Obama administration has been pretty lukewarm – doing an analysis of what went wrong over the next 30 days is great and all, but we need to take action. Now. Like right now.
There are currently about 5,000 barrels of oil leaking into the ocean each day. The plans to put a stop to this sound as though they are straight out of a sci-fi flick – a large inverted funnel, burning it off, etc. It doesn’t appear that anyone had planned for something like this – and now we are left scrambling.
The vast majority of media coverage is focusing on the economic fallout from the spill – and projections are in the billions. This figure includes the seafood industry and travel/vacation income on the Gulf Coast. There is no measurement of the irreparable damage that we are inflicting on the already downtrodden region.
This truly is a national tragedy.
The scale of this disaster is staggering. The only hope is that some good comes of this – that it can be a driver towards newer, cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy. The status quo will not work. It just will not do. This should be a wake-up call to all of the communities that oppose wind power because they don’t want to have to look at a windmill, to all of the congressmen and women that want to inject partisan bickering into the climate bill debate, and to everyone that has ever said or supported “drill baby drill.”
So what can we do?
It appears that this organization is acting as the clearinghouse for allocating volunteer resources right now:
If you have more resources to share, please add them in the comments.