#purrs4peace Hello everyone, we’re participating in Purrs4Peace Week 49. This weeks Purrs4Peace has us purring one more time for the Gulf of Mexico.
“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.” – The Dalai Lama
The oil spill that keeps spilling off the coast of Louisiana is disturbing enough. From the images of birds with oil slicked wings and unable to fly to the testimony before congress of family members who lost loved ones on the oil rig…But just as disturbing is the fact that this spill – up until this point at least – is an almost mirror image of one that occurred in June 1979 when the Ixtoc exploratory oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew and the platform caught fire then collapsed. This spill too involved a failure of the preventative shut-off valve. Efforts to place caps to stop the gushing oil…as today….failed. They tried shooting junk down the pipe (as is being done now). Failure. They tried filling the pipe with mud/cement as is being done now with the top kill…didn’t work. The only thing that stopped the geyser of oil was a relief well that took 10 months to drill. There is a relief well drilling operation underway today and the estimates are that it will at least be August before it is complete. In the end approximately 3 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico and devastated the ecosystem of the area (including much Texas coastline) for decades. Apparently, the only technological advances that have been made in oil drilling involve the ability to drill more and deeper wells and thus make more money. The response to catastrophic failure is unchanged except that since we are in deeper water it is only more difficult. WHEN WILL THE HUMAN RACE STOP THE INSANITY?
Anyway….I can’t move to a different topic of purrs this week. The cries of suffering from the gulf are just too strong.
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.
The appointed time for Week 49 is Sunday, May 30, 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.