I see the devastation being dumped on the southern coastline and wonder when it will spread further. My heart goes out to all the folks in the area who are being directly affected. We will all be indirectly affected soon as prices will rise for us all.
I had an interesting comment from Anne in Colorado that made me ponder. She said we are all partially responsible as we are the consumers of plastic which is a derivative of the oil. She is so correct. We use plastic all day long and don't stop to think where it came from. There is not a plastic moth weaving plastic bags, clothing tags and wrapping. Plastic is made from the oil coming out of the refineries.
So I ask you to stop and think how many times you touch plastic during the day. Right now I am typing on plastic keys and have a plastic mouse. I opened a new package of under ware today from a plastic package. My half and half for my coffee had a plastic spout and my coffee grinder and coffee maker are plastic. The organic greens I will have for lunch are in a plastic tub. My salad dressing has a plastic lid. The shrimp I am planning on having in my salad is in a plastic bag (I bought 3 bags thinking the price of shrimp will go up because so much of the shrimp we eat is from the affected area and will not be safe to eat or not available at all). I then will garden with my plastic hand tools and wheel barrel. Get the point. I have been part of the problem all along. I buy plastic goods unconsciously and do not think I am adding to the problem.
Anyone want to do a 30 plastic free test? It would surely give the oil companies a direct message other than not buying a certain brand of gasoline for our vehicles. How can we all begin to make choices that are plastic free? We have to stop being part of the problem. I am open to any ideas. This would have to be a big movement. Many people would have to be involved from the producers of goods to the packagers, to the shippers to the stores right down the chain to the consumers. What difference would it make if we just changed a few things in our daily routine? Let's come up with a list of suggestions.