What Does 4/20/2011 Mean to You?

The majority of us (younger generation folk) know what 4/20 means…the “national pot smoking day.” Yes ladies and gentlemen, people will be high on marijuana today-all over the globe. Although, to me this day symbolizes so much more.

Today marks the 1 year Anniversary of the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Honestly, I can’t believe that much time has passed since that horrible disaster. It was huge in everyone’s minds for a couple weeks, and now people rarely ever think about the reciprocations that are still resulting for the animals and people near the Gulf.

I only wish I could have been able to go down and volunteer to help clean the animals…I know one day I will get the chance to do that. Somewhere, somehow. Keeping the ocean clean is a very large priority, and keeping the animals ALIVE.

I found this awesome video- Oceana put on a mock oil spill to clearly (in a chocolate syrup, black tarp kind of sense) visualize to people how oil affects ocean animals.

Mock oil spill on Folly Beach for one year anniversary of Gulf Coast spill | WCBD-TV 2.

Here is a photograph from the California Academny of Sciences that shows the oilspill from space..pretty amazing (in a sad way).

Gulf Spill From Space

I found this great quote from Tierra Curry-a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 “The clean-up won’t be complete and we won’t know the full environmental consequences for at least 40 years.”

 Yup. 40 years.  The California Academy of Sciences has compiled multiple news articles from the past year about the oil spill and links to photographs.  Click here if you want to take a look

First and foremost, we as a country need to ban off-shore drilling. Period. It has more negative connotations attached to it than positive. We’ll soon run out of oil in 40-50 years as expected from scientists- then what? I kind of don’t want to be here or dependant on oil when that happens :/ We are walking along a very thin tightrope here people- you’re voice can be heard by sending letters via organizations like Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy to your local Congress person. Be heard. Do it for yourself, the ocean, the animals, and future generations!

Happy 4/20/2011 everyone!

1 Comment

  1. Hey mate,
    I am constantly reading tweets and blog articles about DWH Spill.. though there is SO little in the media over here 1 year on I guess that at least there is plenty of study going on in the field – we will hopefully be able to make better decisions re: oil into the future.. At the time I was so concerned about the lack of media coverage – it seems like that media blanketing has been almost fought against by the amount of fast, good research that’s been and is being done in the area..

    Anyway, here’s an interesting one for you if you haven’t read it already..

    All the best

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