Hands Across the Sand Alki Beach, Seattle, WA.
June 26, 2010
Seven and one half hours after the Lunar Eclipse I joined 168 human souls and about 12 canine souls on Alki Beach in Seattle to protest offshore oil drilling. As we made our way to the water to join hands a tanker made its away into view making the whole event a totally surreal event.
The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico remains first and foremost in my mind as a tragic event that will kill not only wildlife and ocean life in the region, but the methane toxicity will endanger and create illness and death in millions of people in the region. Levels of toxicity are 1 million times their normal level in the Gulf region with no date in mind for the closure of the cap underneath the water, despite many attempts at such an activity. With this level of oil spillage, as well as BP not allowing others to assist in the cleanup effort, the oil is drifting further and further into the Gulf and will eventually head up the Atlantic Coast and to the shores of the United Kingdom.
The deterrent used in the il spill is a BP product, which is not the most effective one available, but will provide capital for the beleaguered corporation, whose duty it is to pay for the mess they have created, however inadvertently. The sum total of people affected will rise into the millions according to some Scientific speculations.
Standing on the waters edge with my constituency may not have changed the spouting of the oil from occurring, but in making this statement, we hope to ask people not to "drill baby drill", but to stop the oil drilling! PLEASE!!!!!! This group of people, linked with many others over the planet shows the solidarity of our hope that we can come to some sort of alternative energy without ruining our Earth Mother any further!
After the quiet protest, my friends and I sat with The Buddhist Peace Fellowship in a 15 minute meditation that reflected our own commitment to change ourselves and remove our own toxic elements from our own lives, thereby a cleansing moment for us all.
We need access to answers immediately! People will fall ill and die if not evacuated from this area. There may be no immediate illness apparent, but the levels of toxicity will inhabit their cells and create future trouble for them, and they need, at the very least to have the information to make an informed choice and make changes as appropriate in their lives.