The explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf and the resulting tragedy has reached epic proportions. It pains me to see the damage that has been done and is continuing to be done. If you are not up to date on the sequence of events, then I strongly encourage you to check out the page that EasternSurf.com has put together. It’s an excellent resource that has documented the day-by-day sequence of events. It’s painful to read, but I think that everyone should know the basic outline of what is going on in the Gulf. It is truly sickening to see the figures that scientists have estimated as the worst-case estimate of spillage per day.
Although this is one of the worst man made natural disasters in history, I am hopeful that something good can perhaps result. Maybe we will take notice of the horrible way we treat the planet as a society. Perhaps people will become more aware of their own personal waste and overuse of things such as single use plastics. Perhaps this will open our eyes and change our ways.
I strongly encourage you to get involved in some way shape or form. Whether you go to the store to buy a reusable water bottle, pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store, or join your local Surfrider chapter, there is something that you can do. Every little bit helps.
Please check out ESM’s excellent timeline and resource page here:
Join your local Surfrider chapter:
Hands Across The Sand:
Rise Above Plastics (Surfrider):
If any readers would like to suggest any more resources on this topic please send them along and I’ll be happy to post them.