On April 20th, 2010 there was an oil well blowout that caused an explosion on drilling platform which killed 11 people and injured 17 others. Since the explosion, 5,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil have been gushing into Gulf of Mexico. BP, the company that owns the operation, has been unable to stop the disaster. Meanwhile, plants, animals, and entire ecosystems are at risk. Plus, the impact is now spilling onto the coastline. People are losing jobs, sources of food, beauty of nature, etc. As stewards of God's Creation (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 8), we need to find a way to stop this emergency and help to avoid these situations from happening again. Conserving our planet is one of the most important moral issues of our day. Dr. James Cone has a great article about caring for the earth here. And below is a video of Rev. Jim Wallis, one of Obama's advisors, talking about the moral implications of cleaning up the oil spill and finding cleaner energy sources. The silver lining in this situation is that a conversation about environmental conservation and corporate accountability is unfolding in the public eye. The hope is that change and transformation will emerge from these conversations.
There are many ways to help. Click here to advocate for a comprehensive climate bill. Text the word "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the World Wildlife Fund's recovery effort. Or click here to explore other ways to work for recovery.
Props to all the people, organizations, and churches who are helping with the recovery efforts. Despite this major disaster, real hope is emerging.