I consider myself a pretty positive person. I’ve faced plenty of tragedy in my life and still feel optimistic about the future. Some people would call it “faith.” I’m not sure what it is as I’m not necessarily a religious person, but I definitely believe in the greater good.
But, this catastrophic Gulf oil spill has gotten me down. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people who live in the area affected. And that area is growing day by day. If you listen to some doomsday “sayers” this is just the beginning of a global crisis that could change the world as we know it. One can’t help but get nostalgic thinking about the days most of us have spent frolicking on white sand and splashing in the ocean. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family vacations spent on the beach. Many times it was on a Gulf of Mexico beach. Same is true for my daughter, except that it was usually the Sea of Cortez.
What I can say for a fact is that the Gulf of Mexico is experiencing the biggest threat to it’s environment in history and it makes me want to cry. When I first heard of the oil spill, I had this sinking feeling in my stomach. Some how I knew intuitively this wasn’t just another oil spill. Now, almost two months later most of the world knows it’s the worst environmental disaster in history. Scary part is, we still don’t know how to stop it.
A few facts we do know:
- 11 people lost their lives in the initial explosion
- Efforts to cap it or plug it have been unsuccessful
- Relief well may or may not work
- Dispersant’s being used are toxic
- Skimming works in a very small area
- Small portion of the oil is being recaptured
- Thousands of people’s livelihoods have been disrupted
No one really knows how this will end. President Obama said in his speech on Tuesday that we should all pray. Some made fun of that suggestion. It reminded me of the bumper stickers that say “Visualize Peace,” or the adage “the power of positive thinking.” So, I think we should all visualize a clean Gulf – it can’t hurt! Thinking about a clean beach and aqua blue seas can definitely lighten my mood!!