The Gulf Oil Spill

I am getting ready to leave for Hawaii in about 2 hours.  I am up at 3:30  a.m. because I had a nightmare about the oil spill.  I grew up swimming in the ocean off the coast of New Jersey and to this day, I love to go back to visit.  There always seems to be magic in the air when one sits at the edge of the world and takes in all an ocean beach has to offer.

Could this be one reason why I want to stop what I am doing and go to the Gulf to be of service?  I ask myself mulitple times through-out the day what more can I be doing?  How can I reach more people and ask them to donate their time or money to organizations on the ground removing oil from the penguins? How can I inspire people to action? Inform them that the ocean needs us right now in whatever that looks like for us – even if “that” is praying for miracles to minimize the carnage and devastation?

The words eco-friendly and sustainable are good words, meaningful words. On the other hand, the words urgent, tragic and devastating seem to pop up most in this head of mine these past weeks. The environmental impact is immeasurble right now. As a country, let us show the world a response that will be an example of our true greatness, not our sometimes false bravado.

Do what you can whenever you can.  And I will be here to remind whoever will listen to keep on keepin’ on.  The ocean will remind me.


2 thoughts on “The Gulf Oil Spill”

  1. Lisa says:

    Hey Mrs. G:

    I wanted to share something with you that was in the New York Times this afternoon.

    Thomas Friedman highlighted a letter to the editor in his column. It really spoke volumes to me…I bet it will resonate with a lot of your readers/listeners as well! Here’s the text of the letter:

    “I’d like to join in on the blame game that has come to define our national approach to the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This isn’t BP’s or Transocean’s fault. It’s not the government’s fault. It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame and I’m sorry. It’s my fault because I haven’t digested the world’s in-your-face hints that maybe I ought to think about the future and change the unsustainable way I live my life. If the geopolitical, economic, and technological shifts of the 1990s didn’t do it; if the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 didn’t do it; if the current economic crisis didn’t do it; perhaps this oil spill will be the catalyst for me, as a citizen, to wean myself off of my petroleum-based lifestyle. ‘Citizen’ is the key word. It’s what we do as individuals that count. For those on the left, government regulation will not solve this problem. Government’s role should be to create an environment of opportunity that taps into the innovation and entrepreneurialism that define us as Americans. For those on the right, if you want less government and taxes, then decide what you’ll give up and what you’ll contribute. Here’s the bottom line: If we want to end our oil addiction, we, as citizens, need to pony up: bike to work, plant a garden, do something. So again, the oil spill is my fault. I’m sorry. I haven’t done my part. Now I have to convince my wife to give up her S.U.V.”

    –Mark Mykleby

    …Wow! Doesn’t that just sum it up?
    All the best,

    Lisa H.

  2. Thanks for writing and for sharing. It begs the questions: have we learned from this? Will we change our habits? Are we willing to give things up and REALLY carpool and REALLY commit to fuel efficient cars and to driving them less? Will be buy more things locally? It’s time for Mrs. Green to re-evaulate what more can be done in this household and just do it. Thanks Lisa. You have been an inspiration to me since Mrs. Green was born.

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