This Is Your Country, America

I don’t know how or why has become the go-to site for seeing the horrific, eye-opening, must-be-seen-or-in-my-opinion-you’re-not-American (as opposed to, say, the Times-Picayune) photo galleries of our national shame, but regardless, I’m grateful that they’re being viewed around the world.

I just hope the photos are reaching the right people, those who have turned a blind eye, who hope this story will just go away, who drive gas guzzlers without a shred of guilt, who make fun of people who drive hybrids, who think we need to keep up our aggressive oil exploration efforts (I’m looking at you, psycho Sarah Palin) in place of aggressive alternative fuel innovation.

If you see these photos, and have no reaction, then you have no soul. I continue to feel so outraged I can barely articulate it. This is my country, and I am ashamed. We can’t continue living like we do. We can’t keep doing this to our only home.

6 thoughts on “This Is Your Country, America

  1. Lesley says:

    Frightening. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve actually been one of those people who was hoping that the story would go away… I don’t think I wanted to really face what was happening there. (Purely out of selfishness — it’s too horrible and tragic for me to deal with, so I’ll let everyone else do it.) So how do we help? Is it a matter of drastically reducing our energy consumption? If you have any links to articles you’ve read on the subject, I’d love to see them.

    • Joy Victory says:

      I wish I knew the answer. I think reducing your fuel consumption helps, and supporting alternative energy helps. You don’t own a car, so that goes a long way to helping. You live in a climate where you don’t need a/c or heating, and that helps.

      I think the DF’s biggest issue is all those old taxis and cars, so getting involved with groups that support more fuel-efficient (if not hybrid or electrical) taxis and cars and trucks would help. Supporting the eco-bici program, too. I really wish they had that in NYC, too. It’s a great idea.

      In terms of donating directly to cleaning up our giant mess, I wish it weren’t necessary, and BP was really paying for it all. And owning up to it. But they’re not. They’re doing a terrible job. So supporting these groups that are suing them is also helpful:

  2. Meg says:

    The pictures on that page are horrifying and heart breaking. I, too, am ashamed that we (humans) did this to those animals. I have been feeling helpless, and sad and chose to do one thing to help a little – I donated to the National Wildlife Federation (and also to Friends of the Ark). If I wasn’t tethered to my job, I’d go down there and help with the cleanup.

    BP is handling this terribly, I agree.

    As far as energy consumption, I do not drive, so that helps. We’re delaying the installation of A/C for as long as possible to cut down on our consumption, too.

    I’ll be curious to see how any lawsuits pan out.

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