You have heard about the horrific consequences for the environment, right?
You can track its growth here. I'm in awe of the extent of its taint.
Here you can read about National Geographic photographer Joe Sartore's experience when visiting the site. (Thank you Debra, for the thought provoking link!)
These are the US government initiatives to contain the disaster.
What can we do to help?
Phyl Good wrote a post in her bookish blog that pushed the start button of an engine in my head. There are people, good people, taking action to contain or remedy its impact.
All illustrations you see in this post were taken from the Ripple Project blog. This is an incredible initiative by illustrator Kelly Light to raise funds to help animal victims of the oil spill. Each drawing is a card that can be purchased by only $10; all income goes straight to two non-profits: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center.
You can take action by purchasing something beautiful.
"I can't draw", you say, "and I'm short on cash." Well, I'm on the same page, but you can help in other ways.
For instance, Jim Bronyaur has an awesome project that demands no disbursement from you. All you have to do is read and comment on a given list of blogs and websites. He will donate $10 to each 50 comments in the sites of the list.
One of the included links is a fantastical story (literally) that takes place in the post-Katrina New Orleans: Devil's Blood.
He is also recording an album which income will go to the same goal. You'll be able to download it from his website. Watch his blog for further news!
You can take action by supporting other actions.
You can spread the word, like I'm doing. You can be inventive.
We live in a oil-based society, so, even if only indirectly, we're all responsible for the problems risen from the extraction, processing and usage of its by-products.
Be responsible. Take action.
Note: Here are the links for the illustrations featured in this post, by order of appearance. The name of the illustration leads to its post on the Ripple Project Blog, and the illustrator names lead to their website (when available). Visit them, show your support. This is also a good and inexpensive way of taking action!
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