It sounds like a bad fictional story, but in fact it’s the truth. We have all seen the pictures, we have all read the stories. It took BP THREE MONTHS to (temporarily??) fix the oil leak they have caused.
Greenpeace recently forwarded this link to all of its Twitter followers:
BP is THE subject these days. A subject to be discussed, or one that you want to ignore because you’re sick of all the negativity. One of the people that commented on the abovementioned blog suggested that the oil disaster could have happend to any oil company, while another claimed that BP is known for it’s lack on safety.
In my opinion, the only thing the disaster proves is that we should not drill in the ocean. The ocean has a mind of its own, when it feels like it needs a wave, waves it is. When it needs peace and quiet, tranquillity emerges. But when it is in need for more action: boy, watch out. We do not need a reminder of what a tsunami can do.
This is my opinion. And I do realize that opposite me, there are you, with your own thoughts, beliefs and opinions. (To be more specific: if you would ask BP employees you would get other thoughts on the oil spill than you would when you talk to someone from, let’s say, Greenpeace.)
You fight your own battles, as they say.
You stand by your own principles.
Compare these two photos:
This is me stretching out to welcome the raindrops falling out of the sky
This is someone, covered in oil, who's been pulled out of the sea
Some difference huh?
The second photo is evidence to another oil spill story, which took place in China. This time a fire fighter got killed in the process. See Greenpeace China for more info: http://www.greenpeace.org/china/en/
What is the solution for the oil problems?
That's a BIG question mark.
These two videos might help (to put at least a smile on your face while sharing the heartbreaking news with you).
(Copyright: Jeremy Jahns)
Bottomline: there is no solution. Yet.
So I just quote from the book The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma:
“(...) When all is said and done, no matter what you have achieved, no matter how many summer homes you own, no matter how many cars sit in your driveway, the quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.”
No – I don’t know of a solution. The only thing there is to do is just keep trying.
I do not believe that my contribution to this issue is a large one. I do not clean the animals covered in oil. I do not lead protests in the USA.
But I am a writer. I write. So I wrote to Greenpeace Holland to find out whether there was something that I, a Dutch citizen, could do. In an email Greenpeace explained that most of the actions are carried out in the region where it all takes place: the Gulf of Mexico. It's more effective that way.
But luckily there is SOMETHING we, non-Americans, can do. We can consider clean energy. Greenpeace (R)evolution Scenario gives us, Dutch people, an idea:
And for Dutch citizens with a Dutch nationality, consider this:
I am a writer. I write. And sometimes I try to raise awareness. Even if you, the reader, will only stop for a moment just to read this blog, that will be enough. That’s my contribution.