I am so glad that The Smithsonian has added the Ocean Portal to the many other non-profit and grassroots organizations helping us to stay informed, involved, and active on behalf of our beloved Oceans and their miraculous creatures. What a great way to kick off Ocean 2010 Day!
I take the Ocean very personally. For five years I worked as a 24-hr.-a-day volunteer in Bandon-on-the-Sea, Oregon, rehabilitating orphaned harbor, elephant, and northern fur seals. I consider the Oceans to be the biological and spiritual womb of our planet, and her children to be our relatives.
Right now I work online for many hours a day with groups like The Ocean Conservancy, Greenpeace, Oceana, Surfriders, WWG, NRDF, The Earth Institute, Hands Across the Sand etc. etc. trying to come up with solutions and alternatives, and very actively petitioning and writing personal letters to senators, governors, representatives, and President Obama (not to mention letters of much different tenor to Randy Prescott and BP).
I also forward information and pleas to follow suit to hundreds of people in my community and am pressing hard for the passage of HR 5249, the No New Drilling Act of 2010
I have given up gardening this summer and put every cent I would have spent on flowers, etc. to use as donations to all the groups I've mentioned.
I have consolidated my errands so that I need drive my small car only once a week. I am really looking at my carbon footprint, phasing out plastics, and always using canvas bags for groceries and such.
I was dismayed by the results of your voters' poll, that so few people seemed to be taking this seriously and/or were confused as to what to do. There is plenty to do! It is self-evident.
I know my comment is long, but I hope it is encouraging. There are some of us out here who are devoting our whole attention, and love, and effort on behalf of the Mother, in hopes that she will never, never be so violated again. Thank you so much, Tami Calliope
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