a sad day for mother earth

This is a hard post for me to write because it ruins my mood. But I feel like it’s something I need to talk about.

I am completely freaked out by the oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. I mean, scared out of my mind.

What have we done to the ocean? This is the stuff our children, grandchildren and so on will read about in the high school history books.

If we make it that far. But if stuff like this keeps happening…who knows?

We are slowly poisoning the very body that gives us life. The earth. So, does this count as suicide? Is the human race slowly, unwittingly committing suicide?

Obviously, no one is happy about the spill. BP is losing billions of dollars per day. Eleven people are assumed dead. Billions of other living organisms are dying. Suffocated by oil.

And it’s all our fault. This beautiful planet is good to us. Nurturing. Loving. Life-giving. Mother Nature gives us succulent fruit to eat, fresh water to drink, sweet flowers to smell. She nourishes us and how do we repay her? With poison. Whether it is from our cars, cleaning products or pesticides. Or a gigantic oil spill.

Seafood is one of the best foods for humans to eat. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. But we advise pregnant and lactating women to limit consumption because of the mercury contaminating the ocean that can be harmful to small, developing bodies. How do you think the mercury got there? Industrial pollution.

And it just got a whole lot worse. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency over the accident. The Daily Beast delivered the following news to my inbox this morning:

The oil slick from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving toward delicate ecosystems for birds and marine life. Booms were set in place to prevent oil from reaching grasslands and sandy beaches, but have become ineffective with five-foot swells pushing oily water over the boundaries. Hundreds of species of fish, birds, and other wildlife living on the Gulf Coast will be threatened as the oil reaches shore. The spill is five times larger than first estimated and is threatening to become America’s worst environmental disaster in decades. With 200,000 gallons of oil leaking out of the underwater well each day, The Daily Beast’s Kate Sheppard says President Obama should rethink offshore drilling.

200,000 gallons of oil leaking out per day? That’s a lot. Into the ocean. Into our food. Into our bodies.

I can’t help but feel that America is one big, fat hypocritical nation. We celebrate the shit out of Earth Day so that we can all feel good about being green, but how many of us are actually doing everything in our power to be green on a daily basis? One day out of 365 is not going to get us very far.

It’s karma. This oil spill did not happen just days after Earth Day by chance. Someone up there is issuing a warning. Take better care of the earth or else. Shit, we spend time and money KILLING one another in war when we could be researching and creating sources of clean energy. You know, advancing the human race.

It may be 2010, but we are still a very primitive race. Aren’t we?

What about you? Have you made any changes lately in an attempt to live greener? How has the oil spill affected you? Are you newly inspired to recycle or whatever it may be?

image courtesy of vancouverite.com

Click here or here for a slideshow of photos from the fire and oil spill.

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