Being a "lifestyle" blog, I post pretty things. Peony's and garden parties and gorgeous recipes and lots of "Pink and Fluff". But my lifestyle is dependant on oil. Travel. Products. Driving my car. Everyday I look at photo after photo of the Gulf oil spill. But this is not just a one-of occurence. It happens in Nigeria. It happens in the Middle East. It will happen again. Sometimes on the way to the cottage we pass Mennonites in their horse drawn buggies, women hoe-ing the fields by hand and hanging a mile of laundry on the line. No gas or oil for these people. I sometimes chuckle and say "Can you imagine living like that?" The truth is. NO. I can't imagine living like that. I feel sick looking at these pictures. What can we do? What can I do? I honestly don't know. I can think on it. Think long and hard about what this means and where we are going and how the Gulf is going to recover or not recover and I can barely look at the photos of the birds.....I make myself look at these pictures....because it is difficult and this is shameful and this is reality and this is the least I can do......
I googled "How can I help Gulf Oil Spill and found THIS which offers some good suggestions. Support the Gulf tourism industry, donate money, buy Gulf seafood. Boycott BP.?? that seems a bit like shooting oneself in the foot. They need to pay for the cleanup.
Or I could use stop using so much oil. I thought that sounded good until I read this
Products made from oil
Although that list makes it seem impossible, many of those could be eliminated from daily life.
So this post leaves me sad and disgusted and angry and scared and feeling guilty.