That response – along with the condition of this country – is entirely up for grabs right now.
I’m certain the blogging audience has heard about the life threatening damage this latest oil spill from British Petroleum is causing. I’ve been reading reports, sickened by the photos of the harmed animals and watched interviews of those immediately impacted by the millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf.
Depending on where you live in the world “accidents” like this are inevitable when faulty equipment is used and safety precautions are tested past their breaking point. Nigeria has had this type of damage every year for decades now. Of course companies can only do what governments allow them to get away with.
It will be interesting to see the long-term effects this damage has not just to the local population, but the overall environmental impact on that region and how our food supply will change because of it. I’m of course curious whether the estimated $20B compensation fund will directly assist those who’ve lost businesses and who now have to recover from a diminished quality of life remains to be seen.
I’m thinking of the millions raised to assist the survivors of the Haitian earthquake – and how much of it has yet to positively impact or be directly distributed to alleviate people. Some things just don’t add up! It will up to us to ensure these companies and our elected officials don’t let us down again. For what has happened with BP, happened with Exxon and can happen with any company.
With the current economic downturn we can’t afford to play catch up after the fact, especially when BP has still not managed to cap all of the spilled oil. There are too many people on shaky ground as it is around the world which can lead to other humanitarian crises, violence and other general unrest.
So today, across several cities the TED Conference is hosting a series of of events under the TEDxOilSpill moniker. I’ve put up the widget for the live feed at the end of this post. They’re featuring people who are invested in not only responding to this disaster but in reevaluating the current system. There are a lot of society ills that need to be addressed but our need for clean water and air must take precedence.
We have to be the change we’re looking for.