Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bad News, Good News from San Francisco

So another week goes by and another oil slick contaminates our already abused oceans. The Pacific Ocean was the latest victim of a major oil spill when a slashed cargo ship seeped 58,000 gallons of fuel oil out into the water in the San Fran region. Ahhh, gotta love the news.

But if there's any kind of silver lining here, it's the quick and valiant work of a small but growing group of volunteers known as "Kill the Spill" who disregarded warnings and went out to clean up the oil sludge that washed ashore. Three cheers and free beers to Darin Rosas who lead the effort to clean up the oil while the government dragged its proverbial feet. The effort started online and expanded quickly, as people latched on to getting in there and salvaging what they could of the local wildlife and surrounding environment. The article linked above spells it out in great detail... check it out.

What I Learned:
This story gives an encouraging look at what can be done with a little determination and, oh man pardon the pun, elbow grease. It's a reminder that if you see a problem, go out and fix it yourself and don't wait for somebody else to take charge. The oil certainly won't clean itself up...

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