How to: Do Your Part in the Gulf Oil Disaster

Posted: 2010/05/24 in Environmentalism
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I had a couple content ideas for this week’s blog post- one of them being a how-to survive dead week and finals to my fellow UO classmates. The other was a how-to get a job in sports public relations. This is an area that I’m particularly interested in, but right now, sports public relations ranks up there with environmental public relations.

I just stumbled across a blog post on the Huffington Post about the dire situation down in the Gulf area. The recent BP oil spill is perhaps one of the largest natural disasters to hit since Hurricane Katrina, and it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Currently, BP is reported to be using a “contentious chemical dispersant,” in spite of the the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) wishes for them to use something less toxic.

Millions of oil have already been spilled and more are draining into our poor ocean every day. The spill currently reaches 150 miles from Alabama to Louisiana. In face of this disaster, it’s easy to feel hopeless. However, there are some things you can all do to contribute to the disaster relief effort. Below, I’ve listed a few resources to access. Check them out!

1) highlights the charity Matter of Trust, which donates both human and animal hair. Apparently hair is really good at soaking up oil. Who would have thought?

2) is an online community that “connects members to issues that mean the most to them.” The website has a whole listing of links that connect potential volunteers to organizations like the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation.

3) Finally, the Daily Green has a listing of six things you can do to help the Gulf Oil Spill effort.

So there you have it. We can’t do it all, but if we all do a little something, we really can make a difference. As for me, I think I’m gonna check out the Matter of Trust charity.


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