One of my friends pointed out on her Facebook page that this isn’t an “American” problem, it’s an international problem, and although, in Europe (though, literally, geographically, personally I’m aware that I am not!) we are not in the direct line of fire, this, let’s face it, may be the first . The first huge environmental tragedy of these dimensons, that is. There are reports and estimates pouring out daily, and yet, it seems as if only in the US is this a really big news story. The media are very much to blame, always refering to it as “the worst environmental disaster in US history”.
Don’t we care about the thousands of animals and fish caught up innocently in this horror, or is it because reliable estimates are so hard to verify, and the scale so huge that we are simply turning off to it? Even before this tragedy there were five different types of turtle either endangered or threatened, as well as fish and coral:
We have all seen friendly dolphins interacting with humans theme parks, and some of us have been lucky enough to see them in the wild. There is no thrill like the first time you’re out on the ocean in a slow moving boat with a school of dolphin escorting you through the blue, racing along side, diving under the boat and reappearing on the other side, as if they are playing hide and seek. Hundreds and hundreds of people leave the harbors of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in the Tenerife every year on boats and catamarans just for a glimpse of these engaging creatures. They fascinate us, why would we wish them harm, or not care if they are harmed?
BP are beyond evil and greedy, but not even only that – they are incompetant as well!
Even if we aren’t great animal lovers, even if we are hiding our heads in the sand regarding the state of the planet environmentally, don’t we care about our fellow humans who, in the midst of the worst depression ever, are now faced with the loss of their livelihoods if they work in the fishing industry, or in related industries like restaurants and retailers? Isn’t life hard enough right now without big business f***ing up peoples’ lives? How about, instead of BP as a company having to make compensations to these people, how about it comes directly out of the pockets of the people runnning the company? Why, come to think of it, should innocent shareholders suffer? I suppose there are people who invested in BP stock to provide a nestegg for their retirement, why should they suffer (ok, yes, buying stocks and shares is always a gamble, but hey). Why doesn’t the despicible Tony Hayward pay for it out of his personal fortune, along with every board member and employee, and previous employee who contributed to this horror?
Oh, and btw, my UK friends the latest news does not bode well for the country:
Thousands of us, Europeans, have visited those stunning, white beaches of Florida, don’t we care that they are now polluted by thick, sticky crude oil? which is not to underrate what is happening in Louisiana or Alabama, it’s just that a lot of us know Florida. Even if we are so heartless as to not care about what is happening on the U.S. coasts, don’t we see this as a warning? If it can happen there, why can’t it happen in our back yards? It’s already happened in Africa, but we already know that things that happen in Africa don’t move us that much, don’t we. This might five you an idea of how it would look if it happened near you.
Really I shouldn’t be writing this. I’m very, very angry, and my fingers are flying without much attention to accuracy or content, and one shouldn’t even be online in this kind of mood. However, I’ve said my piece, it might help to dispel my own anger a bit, but it won’t directly help what’s happening over there in the Gulf. It will be a long time before I buy BP again, even though I understand the logic of not targetting gas station owners etc etc I couldn’t being myself to do it anyway, and the cheapest gas station within easy reach of my house is BP. So, I’ll be going that extra mile for a while.