Monday, June 21, 2010

We've Been BPeed On

Beach Light by Sweet Eventide

If there is a bright spot in all the trouble BP is causing here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, it is making new Etsy friends. A few weeks ago I made an Etsy Treasury of beach chair art called "Waiting". Today I had a wonderful convo from one of the featured artists - Jessica of Sweet Eventide. She is part of the Craft Hope community and they are involved with Project 8 :: Gulf Coast Oil Spill.
"For Project 8 we will be partnering with The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, the Audubon Nature Institute, and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge to assist them in their efforts in caring for and cleaning oiled marine mammals, mostly dolphins, other marine mammals, birds, and sea turtles.
--- from Craft Hope blog
Jessica and her craft group are making and collecting handmade towels for cleaning oiled wildlife. Visit the Project 8 blog for info on what, when, where, how many ......
Check out Jessica's Etsy shop

Everyone knows this disaster is taking a huge toll on the Gulf waters, but I'm afraid many aren't aware of the impacts the wildlife are feeling. The pictures we see on the news every day are horrible. If the sight of a pelican (my favorite bird and the one I hope I come back as in my next life) covered in oil doesn't break your heart, then you probably don't have much of a heart to break. WKRG news from Mobile not only gives the weather forecast now, they also give viewers the oil forecast. Part of me doesn't want to see any more and the other part can't stop looking.

The Taller Half is working for a BP sub-contractor cleaning the beach from 6am - 6pm seven days a week. Unfortunately, we are also experiencing the hottest June I can ever recall. The temps on the white sand beach are in the mid to upper 90s with high humidity making the heat index soar over 110°. I don't know how he stands it and I worry when he comes home so exhausted every night. I have never felt prouder of anyone in my life. He doesn't have to do this, but he wants to help the country of which he so recently became a citizen.

Another thing on the good news about the spill is the upcoming benefit concert Jimmy Buffett is giving in Gulf Shores. 

1 comment:

Jessica Nichols said...

Your Taller Half is a hero, along with everyone else out there working on the front lines. Thank you for this post, for the new friendship and hopefully together we can make a difference.

Just to clarify, I'm just one of the participants of the Craft Hope project and that quote is from their blog, not me. Just wanted to be sure to give credit where credit is due! :)