How You Can Help in the Gulf Oil Crisis
Lots of people have been offering to drive down to the Gulf Coast to help care for the animals. But the national and local authorities, along with the major wildlife charities and also BP, have been requesting that you not do that. There are more than enough local people, they say, who can help.
And while wildlife charities can always value your donations, bear in mind that BP is running the rescue operation and funding most of the rescue effort themselves – as they should be.
So, what to do? How can you help best?
By doing exactly what many people are saying the whole nation should be doing: using the situation as an opportunity to make a real difference.
That means using the situation down there in the Gulf to do something right here at home – wherever each of us lives.
That’s because although the Gulf crisis is a huge catastrophe, there are animals suffering in their own way, and just as badly, almost everywhere else, too.
So, certainly, if you feel moved to do something for those poor creatures caught up in the Gulf disaster, go right ahead. But you don’t have to go a thousand miles to help. You can be a hero for the animals right where you live:
• Volunteer for a local wildlife or ecological organization. Depending on where you live, you could be doing something very special for sea turtles or desert tortoises, birds or bees, pigeons or squirrels, bats or fish or any other kind of animal.
• Find out what you can plant in your backyard or on the window ledge that your local wild friends might appreciate.
• Take you own shopping bags to the grocery store and say you don’t need either “paper or plastic.”
• Find out about eating locally grown food. It’s good for you and you won’t be wasting more oil on transporting food from what is sometimes half way around the world.
• Don’t leave the water running needlessly in the wash basin. Many parts of the country are heading into chronic drought. Water may soon be more precious than oil.
• Do your own research. Look around. Get online. Find out what you can do locally for the wildlife and for the environment (i.e. their homes).
Come to think of it, we could all do all of those. And together we can save far more lives than we could by gassing up the SUV and driving down to the Gulf.
By all means, think globally about the Gulf and other such crises. But act locally to protect the life in your own neighborhood, around your own home.
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Posted July 10, 2010, by MichaelMountain