My dear little pandas:
I have often read your comments on the blog where you showed compassion and care for the world we live in. Many of you have shared your opinions on the interaction between the human being, the wildlife and the planet we live in. I found the need to have a special place in the blog to have a conversation with all your pandas and hopefully we can inspire each other to care. So here is the start of our new blog series that will simply be known as “Panda Cares”. We want the world we live in to be a friendly and enjoyable place like the world we have in Panfu. So from now on, I will write to you about issues that are on my mind and I welcome your comments on other areas that you care deeply about. Now, let me get to something that has been on my mind.
The Oil Spill
I am sure you all have heard about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The tragedy started on April 20 when a big oil rig owned by a company called BP exploded during oil extraction. Since then about 1 million gallons of oil has been spilling into the Gulf area every day! It has become the single worst environmental disaster in the history for the United States.
A map detailing the oil spill is here for you to see the devasting effect it has on the coastline.
What does all the red box on the map meant for the wildlife living in the area? Devastation! Almost 2,000 wildlife such as birds, turtles and dolphins are found dead in the spill area. The explosion was an accident but it is still sad that so many lives are lost. Unfortunately, we cannot turn back the time to undo the damage to our environment. It seems that the company BP and the government is doing many things to help clean up the mess but I wonder if they could have done things to prevent this accident from happening in the beginning as this was not the first oil spill.
Back in 1989, before many of you are born, a similar thing happened in the coast of Alaska. That time, thousands of animals died immediately and scientists later estimated that as many as 250,000 seabirds, at least 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals and billions of salmon and herring eggs were lost. The worst part for you to know is that the Alaska oil spill is actually the smallest in terms of crude oil spill compared to other major oil spills. Alaska spill lost about 32 million gallons and the ongoing oil spill is already being estimated at 336 million gallons. Can you imagine the damage to the environment and the wildlife being 10 times worse? I wish someone has learned from our past mistakes and I certainly hope the current oil spill will teach all of us something.
We all need oil in our life but what are things that we can do to prevent disaster like this from happening? How can we as little pandas help in such big problems? I believe small things can have huge impact. I want to hear about your ideas on how we can help prevent another oil spill from happening. Perhaps we can consider use less oil, or we can study hard to find ways to minimize the impact of oil spill, or we can write letters to oil companies to ask them to be more careful with their operations. Whatever is on your mind, I want to hear your thoughts. Leave us your opinion or your questions here. Feel free to discuss this with your parents and friends and come back share your conversations with them with all the pandas here.
Love and peace