There’s no question about it. We don’t even have to tell you that the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad. Just how bad it is, remains to be seen. Execs are not giving us any information as to how much oil is down there with the potential to impact the waters, wildlife and eco-systems for years. But those in the know say that the rate and amount of oil spillage will be larger than the Exxon Valdez spill.
Since the oil rig explosion which killed 11 people last month, the massive oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon well is leaking 5,000 barrels a day. 13,000 feet under the seabed under about 5,000 feet of water the ecological disaster has already shut down fishing in the region and is threatening wildlife from sharks and dolphins to seagulls and pelicans.
The response seems nearly as awful as the incident itself with chemicals being sprayed in the Gulf to disperse the spreading oil slick:
All of this aside, what we know for certain is that wildlife response teams need your help. And they need it now.
Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, veterinarians, volunteers and experts are watching and waiting for the arrival of sick birds and other sea life affected by the BP oil spill.
Save our Seabirds in Sarasota, FL is currently collecting supplies to respond to the disaster, including:
- Dawn dish detergent
- paper towels
- heating pads
- electrical cords
- pet kennels
They have received donations, but they need a LOT more!! In addition to supplies or donations, Save our Seabirds needs volunteer help.
If you have time to give, be sure to contact Save Our Seabirds. You’ll need training in how to handle the oiled birds, in order to assist with cleaning and feeding. Of course, you can also send supplies directly, or donate. In fact, for every bottle of Dawn Dish Detergent you buy, the company will donate $1 to wildlife conservation efforts of the Marine Mammal Center and the International Bird Rescue Research Center.
The sadness of the still-undetermined impact of the BP oil spill may be tempered by hopes that this massive tragedy could be the catalyst of change. It took a similar disaster off the California coast in the late 1960s to spur the founding of Earth Day in 1970 and the adoption of many federal environmental laws 40 years ago to tighten clean water and clean air restrictions.
With the BP disaster in the Gulf, Republicans are (excuse the pun) jumping ship from their earlier support of offshore drilling. Among notables, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his backing for offshore exploration. Florida Governor Charlie Crist has also voiced concerns about the environmental safety of oil exploration in our waters. One of the only holdouts is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Is this a wake-up call for our planet? Many would say: yes.
In the meantime, we don’t need to debate the fallacy of a domestic “drill, baby drill” policy. Now is not the time.
While we are still rubbing the sleep and shock from our eyes, let’s get all hands on deck to help save the innocent creatures directly and immediately affected by our energy greed and selfish refusal to think beyond the gas tank.