Mamavism Monday: Oil
Every Monday I will have information to share about events coming up, groups and non-profits you might be interested in, green ideas to implement, people that are amazing me in their efforts; basically any actions I think will show off the true range and magnificence of MAMAVISM! It is so important for us to remember small changes make a big difference when done collectively. Our wallets, our choices, companies we support, ways we reduce at home, all make an impact in the future world our children will inherit from us.
So giddy up! Let’s take mamavism on the road!
MAMVISM MONDAY: OIL
I am trying to come to terms with this oil disaster in the Gulf. As the weeks wain on, I have to admit it is leaving me with an unsettling feeling I can’t quite put my finger on. Some sense that there is SO MUCH MORE that we can be doing, that we aren’t, myself included, to get off our addictions. All of them. Just not oil, but all of the things we buy because we think we need them or we think we will be happier with them…
Haven’t we figured out it doesn’t work that way yet?
I am just going to leave you with the images and facts that have been sweeping through my world the last few weeks for you to come to your own conclusion. But I feel a larger movement coming from this one, for this Mama at least. A big, big commitment to lifestyle changes I may have felt uncomfortable making in the past.
On my nightstand has been a book for like two years now, that I have yet to read. I am going to read it now. It is called Planetwalker and is by John Francis. I came across an article interviewing him last week on YES! Magazine’s site due to the fact that his book is about his 22 years of walking and 17 years not speaking after an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. From the interview by Madeline Ostrander in YES that you can read in full here:
“Each of us has to have that moment when we know that we have to do something.I said, “What I want to do is not ride in cars.” My girlfriend said, “Yeah, but we don’t have any money.” That’s usually what happens—you start thinking about practical realities—money, job. Those thoughts can dissuade you from making that decision at that moment.
It took a friend’s death to convince me that we only have right now—this moment. He died in a boating accident. He was about the same age as I was. He was a deputy sheriff, was married, and had a beautiful family and a house. He was living this dream, and all of the sudden he was just gone. It was irrevocable. He doesn’t get to come back and say, “Oh, there’s something I wanted to do.”
What I wanted to do was get out of my car and walk. I went on a walk with my girlfriend to commemorate and celebrate his life—20 miles to hear some music. On my way back I realized that there’s no guarantee that tomorrow is going to come or that we’re going to get it together. I told my girlfriend, “I’m already walking. I’m just going to keep walking.”
The time has come to commit to building stronger closer knit communities. Local and sustainable.
Take a moment and see for yourself…if the video isn’t working (as it seems to not be on a lot of sites as of publishing due to the techie party out in San Francisco) you can see it here from CNN.
The estimated gallons of oil flooding the Gulf right now just ticking away…it is shocking. It goes up a gallon a second. Here are their best guess statistics from the same PBS page gathered on May 14th from experts about how much oil is flowing into the ocean per day:
- NOAA | 210,000 gal/day
- USGS (Added May 27) | 504,000 to 798,000 gal/day
- Outside Estimates | 1,050,000 gal/day
- BP (Worst Case as of May 5) | 2,520,000 gal/day
- Experts’ Worst Case | 4,200,000 gal/day
Visit Boston.com to see the photos of birds in the Gulf by AP photographer Charlie Reidel. Here is one, but I implore you to go to the site and see the rest of them. A picture captures the truth in ways that words never can.
Take time today to find out your own info on this oil spill. Take some time today to look into your heart and see where you can make changes in your life. Take time today for hard choices.
Spill it: How do you feel about the current events in the Gulf? What changes do you think we need to make as individuals or as a society to create a real directional shift for our collective future?Tweet