I’m very excited to spend some quality time with the ocean this weekend. Well, as long as it doesn’t rain, but I certainly won’t complain if it does. California is in desperate need and so is my car.
Assuming all goes to plan, I will be joining the Surfrider Foundation for their beach cleanup in Santa Monica on Saturday morning. If you’re in the area and want to go, you can get more information and RSVP on their Facebook event page. There are always clean ups happening all across the nation, not only at beaches, but lakes and rivers as well. Just check the Surfrider website to locate a chapter near you.
I have lived in California for the majority of my life, yet I haven’t fully experienced all it has to offer. It wasn’t until I spent this last week in Lake Tahoe, that I realized what I had been missing out on.
Oil has found its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. From the cars we drive to the food we eat and the products we buy, it has played a role. We know it is a limited resource that we will one day have to live without, so it makes sense that we should start learning to live without it now.
Time For Change
From 1960 to 2013 the average world oil demand increased from 21.4 million to 89.9 million barrels per day. At the same time, the world’s oil supply has been declining and we are now looking into drilling in the Arctic rather than turning to alternative options that we already know exist. Rather than continuing on the destructive path of the last century, it’s time we make the 21st century all about renewable resources.
simplyconsciousHow To Reduce Our Dependence On Oil
Hearing about an oil spill sends us through a flurry of emotions. Sadness, anger, fear, and guilt. Knowing that we humans are the cause of this destruction is not a good feeling. Even though we don’t like seeing this happen time and time again, when you’re not directly affected it can be easy to fall back on old habits and go on living our lives as we normal do.
This time, the latest spill in Santa Barbara has been a huge wake-up call for me. As a UCSB Alumni, Santa Barbara will always be my home away from home. To know that the beaches I once enjoyed are now littered with oil and no longer suitable for surfers, campers, beachgoers, and wildlife is devastating. What’s more is that this isn’t the first spill that has happened in the area. In 1969 an estimated 3 million gallons were leaked from an oil well explosion that was so powerful it cracked the seafloor in 5 places! Yet we still continue to drill and build pipelines in the places we wish to protect.