As most of us prepare to celebrate a 3-day weekend for July 4th, residents in and around the Gulf of Mexico are bracing themselves for a bad situation (the out-of-control BP oil spill, which is still leaking with no end in sight) gone worse.
Hurricane Alex has touched down a couple hundred miles away from the spill site, and the rough seas and winds have delayed efforts to… well, “clean up” and “stop the out-of-control leaking” are too optimistic of terminology here. BP is currently figuring out a way to turn the Gulf Spill into a collectible oil well site, where they can produce 20-25,000 barrels of oil a day from the catastrophe.
It’s easy to feel a huge sense of frustration and horror watching this slow-motion disaster continue. There are so many questions surrounding this incident: Why was BP was permitted (and why did they think it was a good idea) to drill so deep that they wouldn’t have a viable plan to actually shut off their well should something go wrong? Is anyone actually going to figure out a way to cap this well (which could leak for around 4 years)? Will the ecology of the Gulf Coast ever recover? With this still going on, why would a federal judge overturn Obama’s deep water drilling moratorium (and did it have anything to do with him owning drilling stock?)
And of course: isn’t there anything else that can be done to help?
Destiny’s Dream is a new fundraising project undertaken by a scrappy 10-year-old girl who decided to spend her summer trying to raise $100,000 for the Gulf Restoration Network. (We at CafePress have also pulled together an oil spill fundraising t-shirt portal to raise money for this organization.)
The designs in her shop are a hard-hitting look at the damage still being caused by one of the world’s largest oil companies. Perhaps Destiny has a future ahead of her as a journalist…
Here’s hoping that Destiny reaches her fundraising goal and, of course, that someone figures out how in the heck to plug that blasted hole in the Earth.