#purrs4peace Hello everyone, we’re participating in Purrs4Peace Week 48. This weeks Purrs4Peace has us purring to stop the oil spill that keeps spilling.
“Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We’re not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.” – Dan Foreman
A month after the explosion the Transocean Deepwater oil rig (leased to BP) on April 20th that killed 11 people, the oil spilling into the gulf of Mexico continues. No one can say with certainty how much oil has made its way into the ocean and how much is being added every day. No one can really say how the continuing spill is to be stopped. No one can say with certainty how much the response/cleanup will cost. That is the problem. No one can say. What we know for certain is that coastal Louisiana, The Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystems, and perhaps even the East coast of the U.S. will never be the same. Thousands, if not millions of animals, fish, and birds have or will suffer and die. For what? As usual the culprits are greed, corruption and neglect.
The United States government has counted on corporations to police themselves with predictable results. Naturally a corporation, which has as its reason for being the making of profit, will behave in a way to maximize that profit which includes cutting out costs of measures that could have prevented or minimized this event. Even more shocking, the U.S. government has counted on corporations like BP and Transocean to take the lead in responding to this unprecedented event. Again the results have been predictable. The corporations are cutting corners and failing to take action of efforts that could have limited impact. For example, failing to take action to establish buffers for marshland areas. Worse, they cut costs by using disbursing chemicals that in themselves are toxic and will render untold devastating effects on the ecosystem.
Drill baby drill? We are now reaping the effects of our cavalier attitudes.
I can only think of one thing I can do about this situation…..purrrrrrrrr.
Please stop by and visit the Confucius Cat’s Blog and wish him well, he is after all, our fearless leader on the Purrs 4 Peace project. We are also extremely happy that Confucius Cat is home and healing.
The appointed time for Week 48 is Sunday, May 23, 2010. Participants should purr for three minutes commencing at 3:00 p.m.. EDT (U.S.) which is 8:00 p.m. (20:00 hrs.) BST in the U.K. The cat’s human staff should assist their cats with the project by stroking and nuzzling the cat at the appointed time.