Posts Tagged ‘Gratitude’

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who shared their evening with us last Thursday at Georgia Tech!  I think the event came off really well, and we were happy with the content and the speaker presentations.  I hope the material was informative and thought provoking – we certainly worked very hard on the event elements and we wanted to provide as accurate a depiction of what we experienced as possible.

Special thanks to Molly and Chris from Students Organizing for Sustainability at Georgia Tech for co-hosting the event – you guys are awesome, and your team really helped us out tremendously! Heather from Myriad Fine Art, Jen & Steve, thank you sincerely for the photo exhibit. Thank you to our guest speakers Jeff Duvall, Dr. Marilyn Brown, Lori Bosarge, and Polly Sattler – your testimony really provided helpful and inspiring content. Sarah and Michelle from The Hub – thank you for all the support and encouragement these past 3 months. Thanks to all the individual supporters for the donations that have been provided – we could not have done this without you! And, to all that have shared in our journey thus far, namaste.

Spirit of the Gulf Coast visits Lori Bosarge

Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the BP well explosion and I thought it would be fitting to take a moment and reflect on all that has happened since then.  During our expedition, we witnessed firsthand how local communities along the coast have been seriously impacted by the disaster, and how they continue to reel in its aftermath.  Let’s not forget the tragic consequences of the spill, despite the fact that the well has been sealed and there is no longer 24/7 news coverage of the oil erupting into the water.  I hope that we will learn from this experience and each take a personal inventory in our own lives so that we can make more informed decisions with energy choices and consumer products in the future.

With this project, we wanted to show the human side of the BP disaster, and provide some helpful resources for people to consider as they make choices in their day to day life.  Each of us plays a part in the system that keeps oil and other fossil fuels embedded in our culture.  There are some tough decisions ahead to be sure. The good news is that we have some incredibly smart people working on energy alternatives that are available now, but we need the public to rally in support of a clean energy future. Do we want to let this disaster fade in the public consciousness or do we want to learn from it and make bold choices for our future? Are we ready to take steps in our own lives to lessen our impact, or are we going to keep doing what we’ve been doing until someone or something forces us to stop or adapt, however painful that might be?

These are some questions that I am pondering today. I would like to believe that the 11 people that lost their lives, the countless animals that have been killed, the ecosystem that provides life and sustenance to so may people, and the residents living with the aftermath along the coast have not been forgotten, and we are capable of learning an important lesson and taking a stand for the long term health of the Gulf Coast and its inhabitants.

BP, We Want Our Beach Back
I would like to recommend 2 books that were instrumental to me in getting engaged on the issue of oil dependence – these books provided the foundation for this mission some 2 and a half years ago. They are: The End of Oil by Paul Roberts and Winning The Oil Endgame by the Rocky Mountain Institute. If you even have an inkling of interest in this topic, these are excellent resources to consider.

What about you?  What is your take on this? Are you taking steps to lessen your consumption of oil and products made from oil? Do you agree that we need to look inward and take some personal responsibility?

At the event last Thursday, we had personal pledges on the back of the programs that provided suggested steps that each person consider to reduce their own impact on the system.  These are listed in the Actions to Take section on the right column of the website.  Have you taken any of these steps?  If so, please leave us a comment below.

Please do stay in touch with us as we continue to post suggested action items that we can all take in our day to day lives to lessen our reliance on oil.  If you are not already subscribed to our blog, there is an email sign up form on the top right so you won’t miss any future posts.  Thank you again to everyone who has stepped up to the plate and taken action so far. Each person really can make a difference.

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