Making a Difference- The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
My Local Effort Webpage
Too Much To Handle
At this point, oil is still bleeding into the Gulf, endangering local life, people's livelihoods, and the balance of our world's ecology. I'm no expert in the how and why of it, you can Google to find out what made this happen. I'm also not interested in pointing fingers- there are plenty of official and unofficial fingers being pointed. As far as preventing it ever happening again, that's being studied by people far smarter than I am. I'm certainly not associated with any government. Ditto the large businesses. The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is huge, out of control, and could become the largest oil spill in history. Comprehending the total damage done is beyond me. It's too big.
Can I Really Make A Difference?
I want to do something, but feel overwhelmed. I'm only one person- how can I change anything? I have no vast resources to bring. I see the pictures of oil-caked birds, suffocated fish, animals that didn't make this situation, can't comprehend it, but still have to live with it. Can anything I do really make a difference? This makes me feel small and helpless.
Nichole's TV Interview
Broken Record... or Taking Action?
I got stuck playing that broken record... while someone I know took steps to make a difference. My niece, Nichole. She tried to help, and found it difficult. There are numerous organizations online asking for help, but they're not... organized. Her approach was to filter out the wasted pages. Wade through all the excess material, and collect just the good stuff. Collate links to the actual sign-up pages for volunteering in diverse ways. Living in Jacksonville, Nichole focused on local programs. Using Facebook, she created a website called "My Local Effort".
Watch the video above - She explains it better than I can :^)
My Local Effort
I can't begin to say how proud we all are of Nichole. She's smart, energetic, easy to talk with, and fun to be around. Committed, dedicated, and inspirational. While I was stuck in the 'agitate' cycle, she researched, analyzed, and found a solution. This hub is my tribute to her effort, and an attempt to help more people find her site. Not selling anything, just trying to emulate somebody I admire. Turns out, one person can make a difference after all. Thanks, Nichole!
Now I can help. You can help. We can all do something... My Local Effort makes it much easier to find out how.
Not Local? Links for You, Too!
Not so local? No worries, below are some non-local links. You can find plenty of ways to help if you do a bit of searching, but these are good starting points (for those of us who don't live so close to the situation):
Not-So-Local Effort - Some Good Places to Start
- FWC - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
Information about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's involvement in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Good information here, and guidelines for how to help.
- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Although a California-based organization, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network is currently helping to lead the effort to care for oil-affected marine mammals and sea turtles in Louisiana, in partnership with NOAA-NMFS and the USFWS. Volunteers are bein
- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Volunteer or Donate
On April 20, 2010, the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon experienced an explosion and fire. The damaged platform capsized and sank on April 22, 2010, approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. Oil has been leaking into the G
- Global Action Atlas - You Can Change the World
A very organized site listing ways, places,and groups that need your help. I found them on the National Geographic site.
- Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Volunteer Info
The official site of the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command. Find the latest information about the BP Gulf oil spill response.
Hubs that Help:
- BP Oil Spill - How Can We Help?
Most of us know by now about the devastating effects that the BP oil spill is having on the Gulf. The information continues to filter in and shouts to us daily from TV and other news sources. ...
- Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Mobilizes Wildlife Rescue T...
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill mobilizes wildlife rescue teams as the world is witnessing the worlds largest oil spill grow unabated. BP originally estimated that 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons or 955,000...
- List of Animals Endangered by the Gulf Oil Spill
One of the inevitable consequences of the unprecedented 2010 Gulf BP Oil Spill will be a dire impact on many endangered animal species in the region, quite a few of which were already in trouble before the massive release of BP oil into the Gulf. See
- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in The Gulf
In April 2010 the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform exploded into flames in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven lives were lost in the initial explosion although rescue efforts lasted for three days in a 10 mile radius. Seventeen people were inj
- Hurricane and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effect on ...
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact on Gulf Coast bird rescue becomes more frightening after the top kill failure. The failure seems to bring home for many the gravity of the situation. The overtaking of...
- Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Clean Up: How To Help
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/03/gulf-oil-spill-photos-ani_n_560813.html#s96638 As the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to spread, the lives of millions of sea creatures is...
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And because we still need a sense of humor:
If you've read my other hubs, you know this isn't my usual style. This is short and direct.
I tried to totally turn off the advertising, but Hubpages won't publish the article unless I confirm that it meets Adsense standards. So I turned off my part of the ads and made this a non-commercial site. Hopefully there won't be any ads.
Nichole set the standard, I'm just trying to live up to it.
I'm not looking to rile people up, or start arguments. If you leave a comment, please make it helpful, not hurtful. Let's try to do some good.
I'd love to hear more suggestions, and see how other people are making a difference!