May 16, 2010

Sunday Soapbox

This is not a hurricane.

This is a NASA photo of a large slick of oil as it approaches the Pass a Loutre area of Plaquemines Parish, La. It was taken on April 29th.

National Public Radio has reported  that the well is spewing up to 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days. 

Maybe some of us would be more alarmed if gas prices were going up because of it. Maybe we would hear more about it if it were threatening Brad and Angelina's marriage. Where are the telethons for the Gulf Coast? Where are the celebrities who donate millions of dollars when disaster strikes halfway around the world?

The fragile ecosystem of the Gulf area is in danger.

Something you can do right now:
text "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the National Wildlife Foundation.

Or donate to other rescue and volunteer efforts:

Audobon Society International Bird Rescue Research Center
Lousiana Gulf Response
Sierra Club
Mobile Baykeeper
Matter of Trust (hair and nylon collection)

You can find other resource, rescue, and volunteer organizations here.

More photos here. If you can stand it.

5 Passengers in the Car:

Brian Miller said...

it is interesting just how little we are hearing about the greatest ecological disaster of our time. ok maybe scary is the right word...

Jingle said...

I hope we have a better world to live in...
Happy Sunday!

Bossy Betty said...

Yikes... Thanks for reminding us all how much work there is to do!

Magpie said...

It's always true isn't? We need to learn to take care of our own backyard too.

Jingle said...

Happy Monday!
Friendship awards 4 u.