ELK asked me if doing the "oil spill animals series" was helping me.
It might not be really - but I also think ignoring it and pretending it's not my problem would really not help. I tend towards melancholy and my melancholy is really strong over this mess, but I'm going with it instead of trying to shut it down. I've learned through some bouts with depression that (for me) art and writing helps the most. Add vitamin D, B complex and guilt free naps to that too :)
My thoughts over the oil spill, so far, are these:
we need to care about our waterways on a local and state level.
do you have a river or creek with storm water run-off?
if you do, you have a mini oil spill with every rain storm.
does your state economy depend on oil?
get creative and reject that lie.
there are many other industries.
big oil is just easy money.
if oil exploration is venturing into deeper and deeper water -
let the billions of profits be spent on making it safe.
in my opinion it will never be safe,
no matter how much money is thrown at it.
this particular spill is potentially an Exxon Valdez every 2 days.
every 2 days for 175 days.
BP's environmental permit estimated a worst case spill flow at 162,000 barrels/day.
BP is moving 4 tankers into place with the capacity of siphoning off 80,000 barrels/day.
supposedly it is spilling at up to 40,000 barrels/day.
I think it must be at least double that much (given their new recovery plan).
if container ships drop an occasional container of sneakers or rubber ducks into the ocean and those eventually make their way to every single coast in the world, this oil spill will stain your beach - no matter where you live.
on a hopeful note I will leave you with this thought from my friend Emily Dickinson:
"to make a prairie it takes one clover and one bee,
one clover, and a bee,
the reverie alone will do
if bees are few."
be sure to take tea with my friends listed in the sidebar today
I'm sure their tea is not as black as mine is today