I grew up (as my children are now growing up) in sunny California. The most fond memories of my childhood include the smell of sea salt in the air and chasing sand crabs by the shore. The beach isn't just someplace we "go;" for my family, it has always served as a place you can "be." Be at peace, be in clarity, and be a part of something bigger -- the ocean's glory.
As the images of the recent oil spill began to emerge, I felt sickened, like many who have seen them. Although I am removed from the direct physical encounters of the oil soaked shores here on the West coast, I am emotionally touched by the horrific photos being captured. These images brought back a memory of an experience I had as a teen during marine biology camp where we were challenged to remove oil from a ducks wing. That experience shook me. The only thing that worked was Dawn dish soap. I remember feeling sick then but this picture amplified that memory x 100.
So although I may only be experiencing this catastrophic event through these oil soaked images, I cannot help but wonder if one day I could see these same oil-filled waves breaking on our CA shore.
And if this is the footprint we are leaving behind
Sometimes it's easy to feel helpless ... I found myself wondering, what can I really do? Then I found out that the Grommet team had also been asking this question and trying to find a way to contribute. In doing so, they've found a way to give back and to support the mission of preserving our oceans -- we can't wait to share it with you. You can find out more about this compelling Grommet on the Daily Grommet website on Friday, July 2, at 12pm EST. Trust me: you won't want to miss it.