Wednesday, 12 October 2011

environment is important: oil spills

Thought of the day
 
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defence of our resources is just as important as defence abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend?  

~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

A great quote that truly fits in with my thinking: what is everybody saving money and consuming for when there there will be no world left to enjoy!

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There is the recent news of the oil spill in New Zealand, which is thought to be the worst oil spill for the environment in a long time, and although it is on the front page of some news websites, there is not enough cover on this subject.

With 350 tonnes of oil now in the sea, and a  uncontrollable amount of oil still spilling into the sea, it will be some days before the intensity of the immediate damage of the oil spill can be seen, years to see the full impact.    

Oil spills (more info here) harm and kill birds, fish and marine mammals and can even effect our food chains....but still nothing much seems to be done about awareness of oil spills and finding an alternative to oil.

It has been rumoured that there has been mass control by the oil industry to stop progress without oil in the automotive and technological world as they would then stop earning money, as  documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" reports.

Where are the multimillion dollar oil tycoons when the world needs help? And do they care? Apparently some of them are even fuelling (sorry for the pun) rumours that climate change does not exist, as Greenpeace reports.

And although BP has been fined for past oil spills, do the oil companies really learn their lessons?  BP are already planning another venture - shown here in a easy to understand chart by the independent, which should be taken with a pinch of salt, as obviously we do not know if there will be a leak.

I feel like; we can't trust what the media says, we can't trust what the oil companies say, we can't trust the government. What can we trust? Maybe our gut instinct, mine is certainly telling me that this is not right.

So, time for positive change, we can vote against offshore oil drilling (more info and links here) and read up on the subject at the priceofoil.org.

There are also small changes that you can make to use less oil in your daily life, for example, trying not to buy and use plastic bottles and packaging - and you can find more ideas here.

Also if you are local to an oil spill you can volunteer to help clean up.  

Less oil based stuff = more life (and world left!)


 


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