BP Oil Spill Breaks My Heart
July 22, 2010
| by itshiptobegreen
I know this is a tough topic, but one I feel very compelled to write about. Just visiting the Gulf of Mexico ( luckily the Oil has not arrived to this area yet) I just couldn’t help but think that by next year that beautiful area might all be brown and gooey with oil. My daughter and I ,while swimming in the ocean one morning, saw a Dolphin and it put on quite a show for us, jumping high out of the water and turning as if we were at Sea World. It was amazing to say the least. I felt so blessed to witness this rare display. It breaks my heart to think about the millions of gallons of oil pumping into the ocean daily and for months. It also breaks my heart to know that so many people are down there trying with all their might to clean up such a massive spill and it has to feel hopeless. Predictions are that it will make it’s way to Europe eventually.
I think most of us just can’t fathom it and therefore, feel as if it is a distant issue that can’t be helped. Every voice does make a difference, one person’s buying power can be contagious and if enough people stand together to be heard, it will be loud enough to make a difference. As consumers we hold all the power to make change. Oil is not only used for gas and fuel for heating and equipment, it is also used in cosmetics, ointments, plastics, carpets, fabrics, chemical cleaning solutions, and so much more. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. It takes 47 million gallons of Petroleum to produce that plastic. Of that 1.5 million tons of plastic for bottles 80% ends up in landfills instead of being recycled. If we stop buying plastic bottles, it can save millions of gallons of oil and we can reduce our dependency on Oil and clean up the landfills of plastic drink bottles. If enough of us speak up and ask manufacturers to find alternative to petroleum plastic they will follow the demand for cleaner and healthier products. It takes us, as consumers, to stand our ground and demand it happen. We can make huge steps in the petroleum industry just from avoiding using plastic drinking bottles. Writing our politicians and signing petitions to let them know how we stand is of utmost importance as clean energy is on the agenda. Speak out! We can make a difference.