All The World Is Green

February 11, 2013

Each of us has one color that resonates strongly for us, just as we have deep preferences for certain tastes or activities. But colors have a primal life of their own which can affect your senses, alter your mood, and soothe your soul as you allow the color vibrations to enter your heart and mind. And our choice of favorite color can give us valuable information about the nature of our soul, and its task in this life.

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And for many of us ‘Green’ is the new cool thing. Sustainability not only makes our world better, but it also seems to bring the best out of people. Making our world a better place to live in is never a bad thing. All of us wouldn’t a healthier and greener place to call home.  So no wonder companies are taking advantage of that.

Green is the color we associate with the heart chakra, and is linked with Libra, the traditional sign of love, romance, and marriage. Green attempts to harmonize, mediate, balance, and bring equilibrium in life. As a primary color of nature and the plant kingdom, this color is soothing and calming.

Green has a dynamic quality that we associate with moving forward, confirming that a project, plan, or activity is approved. However, there is an “institutional” side to green, associated with illness and government-issued green cards, that conjures up negative emotions, as do the “slimy” or “bilious” greens.  And, when our heart centers are off kilter, we can experience jealousy and negative emotions.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but, well — we’ve got quite the tumult crashing through our economy at the moment. It’s already ravaged Lehman BrothersBank of America has purchased Merrill Lynch, and AIG has been bailed out by (whom else!) us! Oh, and you there, American citizen,  now own a bit of AIG Insurance now.

Lucky us. It only cost the federal government $85 billion — chump change. But did it calm the ailing market? No. No it didn’t. And if the Fed can wrangle up $85 billion and it barely makes a dent, well, what hope do we have?

Let’s just say we are holding on to our money with a lot more constraint. Sadly, though, some important issues are being forgotten. The sustainability of our planet through the help of “going green” is one of those issues.

Although the importance of environmental protection has not completely left the market, it certainly has dwindled as of late. When presented with the choice to buy green products versus the often less expensive, but less environmentally friendly alternative, most people are beginning to choose the latter.

But, what hasn’t stopped, though, is the public outcry for the greening of businesses and their products; although we don’t want to help the process by paying for the greening — we still want it to be green, damn it.

It’s like condemning the fatal outbreaks of malaria in Africa, but refusing to send over a few mosquito nets. It just.. doesn’t.. make.. sense!

First, to define what “going green” truly is, at its core, at this very moment, going green is a luxury. Buying organic, buying environmentally sound products, owning a hybrid, powering your non-hybrid vehicle with vegetable oil, outfitting your home with photovoltaic panels — it isn’t necessary in the sense of stringent and absolute survival.

So, how can we ever know what “acting for the best” is in a given situation? It seems commonplace for some people to use the terms ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ interchangeably.

So let’s begin with the root of the word, ‘environment’ which means “that which environs us.” Being “environed” is being encircled or surrounded. Broadly speaking, the environment should be understood as the overall physical and emotional context in which we are located.

It is very important, therefore, to recognize that environments are different from place-to-place and from time-to-time, depending upon who we are and where we are. The environment of a fresh-water trout is clearly different from that of a desert tortoise.  And, as human beings, the relevant physical context that environs us can also be quite different depending upon who we are and what culture we come from, especially, what kind of technology we express.

We cannot discuss a specific environment without identifying those who are environed by it; perhaps more surprising, however, is the fact that we cannot discuss and understand ourselves until we acknowledge and understand the environment to which we are related.

Most of environmental abuse, today, starts within and is caused by the contemporary fact that we are short-sighted and ignorant about the specific environs that nurture us.

We should not view nature as something from which humans are inherently absent; and wilderness, as a natural place from which all trace of humans is absent.  This is a problematic concept.

As the world increasingly embraces the mantra of green products and services, the legal community is encountering a proliferation of litigation surrounding false and misleading environmental marketing claims. Popularly called “greenwashing,” this recent, albeit alarming, phenomenon merges the concepts of “green” (environmentally sound), and “whitewashing” (to gloss over wrongdoing) to describe the deceptive use of green marketing which promotes a misleading perception that a company’s policies, practices, products or services are environmentally friendly.

Eco-Friendly,” “organic,” “natural,” and “green” are just some everyday examples of widely used labels that can be confusing, and even misleading.

The attempt to provide a ‘green’ and caring image for a corporation is a public relations strategy aimed at promising reform and heading off demands for more substantial and fundamental changes and government intervention.

Public relations experts advise how to counter the negative perceptions of business, caused in most cases by their poor environmental performance. Rather than substantially change business practices so as to earn a better reputation many firms are turning to PR professionals to create one for them. This is cheaper and easier than making the substantial changes required to become more environmentally friendly.

One of the ways PR experts enhance the image of their clients and show that they care is by emphasizing their positive actions, no matter how trivial, and down playing any negative aspects, no matter how significant.

We need more detail. The solution to our environmental problems depends on oikophilia more ostentatiously Greek, is “love of home”.

We are at the environmental equivalent of the United States moments from dropping the bomb on Hiroshima.  WE are Guttenberg before he unveiled his printing press, the ancient residents of Easter Island poised tocut down thelast tree, the Bolsheviks just before launching the October revolution. In short, we are human society on the edgeof environmental collapse or social evolution – and how and what we consume is a critical piece of the picture.

Some of the the eco-fixes offer easy targets, for example, the largely symbolic Earth Hour: turn off your lights for sixty minutes while you merrily run the air-conditioners for the next six months. And, yes, eco-tourism is largely a feel-good illusion that inevitably destroys the very environments it claims to protect.

In this world of rapidly diminishing resources, there’s one commodity that we have too much of—greenwashing.

Scientists agree on this much; by nearly every measurable indicator, humanity has wrought enough environmental damage to bring our continued future (in any significant measure) into real question, unless we fundamentally change our relationship with the planet.

But it’s also easy to be a naysayer when it comes to the environment. Alternative fuels and energy sources have indeed remained unviable and come with their own downside, be it solar panels, windmills or ethanol. But failure is hardly a reason to continue our efforts – with ever greater urgency – to devise eco-sustainable sources of energy. The same holds true for carbon offsetting, which has fallen victim to widespread corruption and abuse.

Vegetarians who fly in exotic greens and fruits from around the world often leave a larger footprint than those who consume local meat or poultry in moderation. A 2010 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report nailed the charade by pointing out that highly processed vegetarian meat-substitutes or foods made of imported soya might use more arable land and resources than their meat or dairy equivalents.  (Just something to think about Hollywood!)

Ecological resources have factored into many national conflicts–either through competition for scarce resources or greed to exploit plentiful ones. But some scholars see another role for the environment: fostering peace. Resources managed jointly can quell regional hostilities, or better, keep lines of communication open so that a conflict never starts.

Sometimes we forget that we are not the only species on earth. Yet, the reality is that humankind, is a single species among the 15 million that we know about and has only emerged in the last million years — hardly a moment in the planet’s seven billion year history . We have come to exercise a terrible power to collectively destroy the environment. The energetic imbalances we create in doing so have brought disharmony, and this disharmony invariably degenerates into conflict and violence.

With the exception of the polar regions, deep oceans, inside caves and deserts (where rainfall is very sparse), green leaves and plants abound. Yet they are by no means all the same shade of green – they may be grey-green, yellow-green or blue-green.

Green is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nanometers. In the subtractive color system, it is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue.

Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere!

The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology.

Going green is urgent and necessary. And this push toward monoculture greening is omnipresent. But, Why?

Maybe somebody is trying to remind us about something?

Green is the color of the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata. 

This chakra is located at the center of the chest area and is linked to the heart, lungs, circulatory system, cardiac plexus, and the complete chest area. 

The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds. Opening the Heart Chakra allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion.

These days, green is the new black. And, corporations and politicians are falling all over themselves to demonstrate to current and potential customers that they are not only ecologically conscious, but also environmentally correct.

So much so, that the average citizen is finding it more and more difficult to tell the difference between those companies genuinely dedicated to making a difference and those that are using a green curtain to conceal dark motives.

Consumers are constantly bombarded by corporate campaigns touting green goals, programs, and accomplishments. Even when corporations voluntarily strengthen their record on the environment, they often use multi-million dollar advertising campaigns to exaggerate these minor improvements as major achievements.

However, many people believe that if we put an end to the violence toward our environment, and instead act to conserve our forests, rivers, oceans, plants, and animals, cleansing the air we breathe and the water we drink, we would automatically be creating the conditions for peace and healing within society.

On the other hand, if we continue to destroy our environment through acts of greed and insatiable development, we will every day be cutting even more our chances to attain peace — locally, nationally, or globally.

It could be said that the root cause of conflict is greed. And, that it is the lack of willingness to share, compromise, and accept other another person’s way of being.

In the pursuit of earthly pleasures, we want more and more to satisfy ourselves, and we are creating a terrible and unsustainable burden on Earth’s natural resources.

Peace, on the other hand, is not about taking everything from Nature. True Peace requires a fundamental change in many of our attitudes. Peace is sharing the resources equally with your human neighbors and all the natural elements: the forests, the birds, animals, plants and minerals.

People find excuses to ignore Nature and abuse her. But peace, and even survival, will be hard to reach if we continue to do this.

Today we are faced with more and greater threats of dangerous pollution experiences, global climate change, and loss of species that will never again be seen.

Our irrepressible demands to consume more are depleting all our resources. And it is the scarcity of resources that creates conflict.  If we can increase our societies’ understanding of the need to care for and nurture the environment, we create a powerful movement toward peace.

A polluted outer environment increases illness, conflict, and an unhappy society. If exploiting and destroying Nature leads to violence, in the same way giving back to Nature just as surely creates peace.

The importance of ceasing to destroy our environment is something that should be in our conversation, our media, our votes, our purchases, and our prayers more often.

Think of all the scientific and technological discoveries that were inspired by observation of Nature. And in return for the great knowledge that we received from Nature, how do we pay her back? By destroying her, by taking even more from her. How much greed can we possibly have?

If we are truly serious about reaching peace we have to start back at the beginning. Nature is that beginning. Nature is the power of sharing, generosity, respect, love, and peace. Nature is free. It is there for all of us, if we will but walk the paths she has laid out for us. Nature has lived harmoniously on Planet Earth from the beginning of time.

This infographic by Marketing Degree illustrates the advantage that companies have taken by misleading consumers and making them “Greenwashed”. Greenwashing is a term that defines a company’s marketing tactics that mislead consumers about the environment-friendly product or service that a company has to offer and in a sense, ‘brain washing’ consumers to think that they’re being green and sustainable. This infographic highlights 7 common ways that companies mislead consumers and how you — the person who strives for sustainability — as the consumer, can avoid such traps.

No largescale project will succeed if it is not rooted in our small-scale practical reasoning. For it is we in the end who have to act, who have to accept and co-operate with the decisions made in our name, and who have to make whatever sacrifices will be required for the sake of future generations. It seems to me that current environmental movements, many of which demand far-reaching and even unimaginable government projects, as well as fundamental changes in our way of life, have failed to learn this lesson. Their schemes, like their cries of alarm, frighten the ordinary citizen without recruiting him, and he stands in the midst of a thousand warnings hoping to get through to the end of his life without going insane from the noise.

In 1854, when Henry David Thoreau retreated to a cabin at Walden Pond, he began a lifelong process of personal education about the natural world. Thoreau is often criticized, today, because he did not really expose himself to “wilderness.” His critics argue that Walden Pond was just a few miles from town and that his aunt kept him warm and fed whenever he needed. But what these critics fail to see is their own assumption, namely, that exposure to wilderness was the point.

Thoreau has to be read for what he was and not for what we might want him to be. Walden is intellectual autobiography and not a contemporary wilderness trek.

Thoreau does not say, “I went to Walden Pond to try myself against raw wilderness.” What he says is, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

The book is a collection of reflections about human life engaged with the natural world.

If the environmental movement begins with Thoreau in some real sense, I think it begins here in Thoreau’s voyage of self discovery, and it begins here in two fundamental ways.

First, what Thoreau discloses to us, chapter by chapter, is the fact that we never see or know the world around us until we take the time to really observe it and that we can do this only by making a commitment of time, energy, and concentration, in other words, to careful and detailed observation.

Typical American life styles, even in the 1850s and even in village life, shortcut us past all the detail. And, unless we examine and observe the world in detail we will see none of its reality. The case is far worse today, when automobile travel, multiple obligations of family and workplace, and many other factors keep us on an endless treadmill with no time for anything else.

Second, and fundamentally most important, we do not really know ourselves until we know the nature in which we are necessarily embedded. When we begin to really observe nature, we really begin to observe ourselves for the first time. What Thoreau experienced was the excitement of breaking out of the typical Western categorization of “a pond is a pond,” in which the world is reduced to the merely objective realm and the human subject is celebrated as the only significant value.

When we look into the pond and know it as a living thing, subject and object unite as co-inhabitants of a living realm.

If we love a place, we will be motivated to “adjust our demands” on the environment, “so as to bear the costs of them ourselves” rather than pass those costs to our descendants, and will seek to “put pressure on businesses to do likewise.” We will only do this “if we have motives to do so – motives strong enough to restrain our appetites.” And those motives will stem from local attachments. If we don’t love the places we actually live, we will not bother to preserve them for our children.

Live and Learn.  We All Do.

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http://www.greenwashingindex.com
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=418699
http://featured.matternetwork.com/2008/12/short-history-green-marketing.cfm

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Green Marketing Exposed

April 12, 2012

There is an awesome article in the Dallas South News  illustrating the advantage that companies have taken by misleading consumers and making them “Greenwashed”.

A Wake-Up Story

April 3, 2011

A Wake-Up Story has been out for quite some time now but it’s a nice reminder to keep us focused on our mission for the next generation – in sha’ Allah. Pass it along to your fellow family member, neighbor or friend and join the movement.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT & VISIT : A WAKE-UP STORY

P.S. You may watch the video on mute. The background music is not necessary.

Cook Those Tomatoes!

March 23, 2011

Interesting article on HealthyMuslim.com points out that one of the most common ingredients in many dishes, salads and meals is actually more potent and bioavailable when cooked! Very surprising considering that one seems to hear more and more about the benefits of raw foods over cooked food. It’s nice to know that some things, when cooked, can be beneficial! subhan Allah! It also contains information regarding the surplus of diseases and chronic conditions it can protect us from. Also nice to note that warmer weather and tomato growing season is around the corner so find your local farmer’s market or plant your own organic lycopene-rich fruit!

Check out the article below:

Eating more tomatoes and tomato products is associated with increased health and decreasing the risk of conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, according to a review.
Not only that but cooking or processing tomatoes increases the potency of the disease-fighting nutrient lycopene.

The researchers found that tomatoes are the biggest source of dietary lycopene; a powerful antioxidant that, unlike nutrients in most fresh fruits and vegetables, has even greater bioavailability after cooking and processing.

They found a relationship between eating tomatoes and a lower risk of certain cancers as well as other conditions, including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, ultraviolet light-induced skin damage, and cognitive dysfunction. Tomatoes also contain other protective mechanisms, such as preventing blood clots and anti-inflammatory functions.

Tomatoes are widely available, and are available in many forms:

“Leveraging emerging science about tomatoes and tomato products may be one simple and effective strategy to help individuals increase vegetable intake, leading to improved overall eating patterns, and ultimately, better health.” write the authors.

“Tomatoes are the most important non-starchy vegetable in the American diet. Research underscores the relationship between consuming tomatoes and reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions,” the authors conclude.

“The evidence also suggests that consumption of tomatoes should be recommended because of the nutritional benefits and because it may be a simple and effective strategy for increasing overall vegetable intake.”

Lycopene is the most common carotenoid in the human body and is one of the most potent carotenoid antioxidants. As well as in tomatoes, it is also found in other red fruits like watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit and pink guava.

Other studies have demonstrated that lycopene reduces the risk of prostate cancer and also has cardioprotective, antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lycopene is insoluble in water and is tightly bound to the fiber in fruits and vegetables, that the bioavailability of lycopene is increased by processing. Therefore products such as tomato juice, soup, sauce, and ketchup (preferable home-made), produces the highest concentrations of bioavailable lycopene.

Cross posted article from HealthyMuslim.com, Read full article by clicking here

Southern California Green Deen Blog Team & Islamic Institute of Orange County Invites

Community Members of All Ages to Participate:
THE 2011 EARTH DAY CONTEST

DRAWING: UP TO 5TH GRADE
ESSAY: UP TO 10TH GRADE
SHORT KHUTBAH/POEM/SPOKEN WORD: ALL AGES

Submission Deadline: Friday March 25, 2011
Thursday March 31, 2011 (NEW DEADLINE)

Award Ceremony & Display: Sunday April 10, 2011 at the IIOC Earth Day Festival

ENTRY GUIDELINES:
Drawing Contest:
Draw a picture, poster or collage that explains what it means to be eco-friendly and how it relates to Islam. Texts from the Quran and the Hadith may be included (**NO ARABIC TEXT as it raises an issue of storing posters). You may also include words, numbers and other inanimate objects that reflect eco-friendly topics and teachings, but MAY NOT include humans or animals.

Age Categories: Up to 1st Grade, 2nd and 3rd Grades, 4th and 5th Grades

Specifications: No larger than 11” by 17” in size. All entries MUST BE in a form of drawing. NO model, sculpture or other object will be accepted. All entries MUST HAVE a COVER SHEET that includes: full-name of the participant, affiliation (school or MSA/Youth Group name), name of parents/guardian and contact e-mail address.

Essay Contest:
Write a 2-3 page essay about the relationship between Islam and living green. Use examples from the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). Any citations from the Quran or hadith must be referenced.

Age Categories: Up to 8th Grade, 9th and 10th Grades

Specifications: All essays MUST BE: Between 600 to 1,000 words in length, double-spaced. All essays must be accompanied with a COVER SHEET that includes: full-name of the participant, affiliation (school or MSA/Youth Group name), name of parents/guardian and contact email address. NO NAMES OR ID INFORMATION ON THE ESSAY.

Short Khutbah/Poem/Spoken Word Contest:
Write and deliver a short khutbah, poem or spoken word piece relating to Islam and a Muslim’s duty to live environmentally friendly. Draw connections between the lives of the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions. Also, use aya’s from the Quran. Any citations from the Quran or hadith must be referenced.
Age Categories: Up to 8th Grade, 9th and 10th Grades, 11th and 12th Grades, College and above.

Specifications: No longer than seven (7) minutes in length. All entrants MUST submit: a printed copy of a khutbah, poem or spoken word, and a video clip of your delivery in DVD. All entries MUST HAVE a COVER SHEET that includes: full-name of the participant, affiliation (school or MSA/Youth Group name), name of parents/guardian and contact e-mail address.

All entries from school and youth groups should be submitted to respective group leaders and all other entries should be directed to 1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim CA, Attn: The 2011 Earth Day Contest. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 25, 2011 – POSTMARKS NOT ACCEPTED.

For More Information, Please Contact IIOC Administration Office at (714) 533-6271 or via E-mail at publicrelations@masjidomar.com

Food Revolution!

January 12, 2011

This morning on my way home from work, I was surprised and delighted to hear that my favorite celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has moved to Los Angeles. The move is part of Jamie’s well known Food Revolution campaign (and TV show). The Food Revolution is a campaign geared toward teaching people to become more conscious about the food they eat. He teaches viewers how to read labels and trace where exactly ingredients come from (with regards to what part of the animal and also geographic location).

Last year, he went to Huntington, West Virginia in an effort to change the towns dietary habits for the better. Jaimie opened a free kitchen where citizens of Huntington could go to learn how to cook food that was healthy, economical and tasted good. He also played a crucial part in changing the type of food that was being served in local schools by getting rid of processed food and substituting it with food that fresh and free of preservatives.

This year, Jamie is in Los Angeles. His goal is to learn more about the type of food being served in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Unfortunately, however, the school district has, as Jamie told Kiis FM’s Ryan Seacrest “blocked [him] out.” Jamie has asked to see a list of ingredients being used in the food served in LAUSD schools, but no one in the school district has responded to his requests to meet.

Jamie is opening a free kitchen in LA to offer free cooking classes to residents of Los Angeles. The kitchen opens to the public tomorrow at 1230pm and is located at 1038 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024. Everyone is welcome to show support for this great campaign.

As a nurse, there isn’t a day that at least one of my patients is a diabetic or overweight or both. Some of it is genetic, but one cannot deny that a lot of it has to do with poor dietary choices early on. Such choices are taught at home and in school. And its about time that the trend is changed.

If you’re free, go out and show some support. If you can’t make it, at least sign the Food Revolution Petition and keep your eye out for the show on ABC.

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Protest at CNN Building
SEIZE BP’S ASSETS NOW!
Don’t Let CEO Tony Hayward Cover BP’s Crimes!

Thursday, June 17, 5pm
CNN Building
6430 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(Corner of Sunset & Cahuenga)
Map Bus & Metro

On Thursday, June 17, BP CEO Tony Hayward will testify before Congress. He’ll attempt to cover for the most recently exposed criminal negligence of BP.

Internal BP emails and other documents that recently surfaced reveal what we have been saying all along: BP’s unfettered drive for super-profits is what caused the spill.

On what a BP engineer called the “nightmare well,” BP executives cut corners, refused to perform essential safety tests, ignored warnings from experts, and side-stepped required safety mechanisms in an attempt to maximize their profits. Now, 11 workers are dead, many thousands of families on the Gulf Coast have had their livelihoods destroyed, and the catastrophic effect on the ocean grows more severe by the day.

On Thursday, Tony Hayward will tell congress why his company, which made $5.6 billion in just the last quarter, is absolved of all responsibility. As we’ve seen the U.S. government coddle and submit to BP for the last 2 months, we know that it’s going to take outrage and action by the people to hold BP accountable.

Come out and protest at the CNN building–one of the busiest corners in Hollywood–to demand that our voices be heard. With the momentum of the Seize BP campaign growing around the country, our demands have entered the national debate. Being in the streets as Tony Hayward covers up BP’s crimes is essential to keep up the pressure and demand real justice.

For more info call 213-251-1025 or email la@seizebp.org.

Asalamualikum,

This posting is part of a continuous effort of raising awareness about the issue of oil spill within the Muslim communities.  What roles can we take with the most positive manners? What can be done about this disaster facing upon us?

The following are just some quick facts about the oil spill which MANY of us are not too aware of.

The DEPTH of this spill –

  • Massive oil clouds known as “plumes” have been detected 400 feet deep (other studies have found them over 1,000 feet deep).
  • The argument that oil plumes could not exist deep in water because oil rises to the top of water due to its density does not necessarily cancel out the possibility of the plumes. The reason being that the source of the leaking oil is a well very deep under water that is spewing the oil out at very high pressures, causing the oil to mix with the water while it moves towards the surface, forming an oil-water combination. While water by itself is not as dense as oil, this oil-water mixture is actually denser and therefore could cause oil by itself to form plumes and remain deep underwater. It is extremely difficult to try to remediate at that depth (we need more microbes!?).
  • Devastation at such depths is hard to calculate and fathom, as this level holds a great amount of very essential sea life and could therefore be the beginning of a serious impact on vital food chains for sea and land animals, as well as humans.
  • Native wetlands are being destroyed, and water levels are rising against threatened levees due to the spill. All of this can and likely will lead to an intensified hurricane season (while issues such as oil spills and global warming do not necessarily CAUSE hurricanes, they can GREATLY intensify them, potentially shaping a minor storm into a deadly one).

  • Since the spill, temperature readings in the basin have been up. Higher water temperatures are quite possibly the greatest intensifier for storms and hurricanes (which we witnessed in the last few years). The hurricane season in the area typically starts at the end of May and lasts until November.
  • The spill is not necessarily limited to the Gulf area, as the Gulf is home to an amazing naturally occurring water movement known as a “loop current” that can carry the oil all the way to North Carolina. While, the loop current will likely stop there, other spin-off currents can carry it further, all the way to the East Coast of the U.S. So we should not consider this contained within this specific area as the oil and effects it carries can spread. All the more reason to push BP for a more active and costly (which IS  totally affordable!) clean up/remediation.

  • Much of this can and should be blamed on the hazardous, destructive, and hopefully dated practice of offshore drilling.
  • The Federal Govt and others are using this as a push for new “clean energy” (LNG or “liquefied natural gas”). BP was far ahead of ExxonMobil (who is now leading the way) and other major oil companies with the LNG project, heavily focused in Qatar. But, BP later dropped the plan in favor of other opportunities (e.g. offshore drilling – the cause of this disaster).
  • Shell Oil is now headed to the Arctic for more offshore drilling similar to BP. Activists are already fighting to stop them and avoid another disaster.
  • By the way don’t fall too quickly for the “clean energy” bit with ExxonMobil. We can save that for another day, insha’Allah.

DO: Make Du`a!!!

DO: Reduce your oil consumption. Cosmetics, paint & cleaning products – read the tabs/labels.

DO: Spread awareness.

DO: Push for legislative action 2010. Head to the polls and vote for local candidates who support environmental protection, including a new U.S. energy policy. You can also send a message to President Obama demanding a stop to offshore drilling through a form at the Sierra Club website.

DON’T: Boycott BP gas stations. We will be hurting the local station owners NOT BP.

Please add onto the list insha’Allah

Stay up-to-the-minute on the response to the spill at DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com

if you have hair on your head or a furry little pet friend.

My soon to be cousin-in-law had just got back from the hair salon with a spiffy new hair cut. When I commented on how nice she looked she explained that she really didn’t want the cut, but when she heard that salons were collecting human and animal hair in an effort to suck up all the oil from the Gulf of Mexico, she just had to.

An organization by the name of Matter of Trust are collecting human and animal hair and nylon socks  to create hair mats to be stuffed into booms in an effort to soak up oil. All kinds of hair are accepted, even dyed hair, they ask that you please have your hair shampooed before donating it.

For more information, please visit the Matter of Trust website.