I am not a member of Greenpeace, The World Wildlife Foundation or Save The Whales. Fact is, I have been a pretty bad proponent regarding our environment and the green effort. I have not been as bad as saying “hey I will not be here so what do I care,” but I haven’t exactly had environment on the top of any priority list. I am not sure if it’s because I am getting older or if it is the media attention or if it is that I have spent so much time in the Gulf Coast states, but I am sickened by what is happening in that region with the oil spill that in no way is just a spill…it is a flat out flood of oil. A leak is what I have when I see an oil puddle in my driveway!
I am obsessed with the situation. I get up early to see the latest news. I stay up late just to make sure that I have the most information. I am constantly checking Twitter for updates and information. I am online looking at graphic and obscene photo galleries of birds, crabs and turtles trapped in black muck, helpless and dying. Those who know me well realize that this is not my norm. Those who know me understand that usually the only thing I get so passionate about is Little League baseball, the Boston Red Sox and my kids. I have now looked into how I can contribute to save wildlife. I am wondering how I can help down there. I want to ask my bosses for a leave so I can get on a plane and get my butt down there and in this order, yell at the BP CEO and give him some PR advice, put on a pair of shorts and fishing boots and rescue anything living. Then, I want to spend time talk to all the fishermen, business men and women and residents and brainstorm how to deal with this situation. I want to use my PR experiences in helping them.
The anger and frustration that I have is overwhelming me. Each time I turn CNN on and see the live shot from the Gulf floor with oil, mud and god knows what else spewing, I get more upset. For the first time in my life I want to do more than just talk, blog and be frustrated. I am compelled to do something more than just sending a check. This is our country, our water, our wildlife and our businesses. This is not affecting just people in the Gulf Coast, this is affecting all of us and will for generations to come. In the time that it has taken you to read this blog, god knows how many barrels of oil have poured out of the “leak.”
Help me help our environment. Let’s act. Let’s talk to government officials, let’s offer our time, our brains and our brawn to do something. I want to hear what you think we should do in actions and practices. This is the only environment we have and we can’t just sit back and say others will handle this. Let’s act—let’s, move, let’s converge and help out our fellow Americans, our land and our environment. Meet you in New Orleans.