Turning on the tv to see a baby dolphin crying in pain because it’s covered in oil is heartbreaking. It’s even worse when there’s no end to it in sight. Thousands of animals lives have already been lost, and species are in danger of becoming extinct if something isn’t done soon. You may think that there isn’t anything you can do to help with the oil spill, but you’re wrong. In this article I’ll discuss five steps that you can do to make a difference.
1. The first thing you can do to help with the oil spill is to stay informed. It may seem like that’s not very helpful, but knowledge is power. BP continues to down play what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently they even claimed that the majority of oil must have evaporated because they can no longer find it. The real reason they can’t find it is because they used chemicals to cause the oil to sink beneath the water. A large percentage of people aren’t aware of this and continue to think that the oil just magically disappeared and everything is better now. The reality of the situation is that BP’s use of chemicals made the spill even worse. While you can’t directly help get rid of the chemicals and oil, knowing the truth about the situation helps. BP would rather people not remember why this happened, but if we just forget about it, we can never learn from our mistakes.
2. The second thing you can do to help with the oil spill is to volunteer. Even if you’re just going to the beach and picking up debris, it helps. You want to pick up man made trash, such as soda cans and water bottles. Its a lot easier to clean oil off the beach if you don’t have to keep stopping and picking up trash. This may seem like a small thing to do to help, but it actually makes a big difference. Leave shells and any other natural debris. That can help with the oil clean up, but man made debris can’t.
3. The third thing you can do to help with the oil spill is to donate items. Several common household items help clean up the beaches and save animals lives. You may already know that workers use dawn dish soap to help clean up oiled birds, but did you know that they also use mayonnaise? By feeding mayonnaise to turtles, it allows their digestive system to process the oil they’ve accidentally swallowed, which can save their life. There are several species of turtles in the Gulf of Mexico that are endangered, so being able to save their lives is a big deal.
If you live in Florida, you can check this website to see what items are currently needed.
If you don’t live in Florida, you can still help. Check to see where your states local wildlife rehabilitation centers are by going to here. Once you find one close to you, give them a call and ask what you can do to help with the spill. Because the situation is always changing, they’ll be able to give you an up to date list of what is needed.
4. The fourth thing you can do to help with the oil spill is to donate your hair. This may sound silly, but the whole reason we wash our hair is because it collects oil. By collecting human and animal hair, the charity Matter of Trust is able to make mats of hair that is used to collect oil. Any donation big or small helps. If you really want to get involved, try visiting their website here and printing out some of the flyers that talk about their cause. Try going to your local salon and see if they’ll agree to send their hair to the charity. One salon gathers a lot of human hair in a day, so this can make a huge difference.
5. The fifth thing you can do to help with the oil spill is to be alert. If you live along the Gulf Coast or plan on visiting it anytime soon, be aware of the animals. If you see any of them that look hurt or covered in oil, don’t approach them. Instead, call 866-557-1401. If you don’t see animals, but instead see oil washed up on the shore, call 866-448-5816. That number can also be used if you see any problems with the booms put out in the water.
If you want to help with the oil spill, it’s very important that you keep those numbers on you. Put them in your cell phone if you haven’t already. By alerting the proper people of the oil, you can save animals lives and help protect our beaches.
The Gulf Coast oil spill has been horrible. Thousands of animals have died, and thousands of lives have been changed. At times it may be very frustrating that you’re not able to help more with the spill. The suggestions on this list may seem small, but by doing even just one of them, you’re making a big difference.