I’ve posted a number of things on Facebook about the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including a mock press release and an article from Al Franken. However, I think this piece from Worldchanging on why they HAVEN’T covered the oil spill is possibly the most important yet. While the most visually arresting disasters get the most press, there are certainly far worse problems facing humanity and our planet today, and by focusing on one specific situation like the BP oil spill, it sends a message to the public ‘hey, this is really bad, but we’ll fix it and then the earth will be happy again’. Not true. There will still be mountain top removal to produce coal, plastic islands the size of Rhode Island, desertification (of both land and sea), and, as always, climate change and the myriad resulting disasters.
So let’s focus on the systemic problems. Yes, the BP oil spill is horrible, especially if you’re a sea bird, but there are more deeply rooted struggles to confront, and we need to be willing to change our lifestyles to do so.
John McGrath. He was the writer of my Poem of the Day (from an anthology I bought a month ago for 50 cents at a used bookstore and has quickly proven to be one of my favorite used book purchases). Entitled ‘Song’, it’s a glorious post-apocalyptic piece filled with extravagant greenery and fauna that have taken over the city, much to the delight of the remaining humans. McGrath was a radical Welsh playwright, something I discovered in the amusing footnotes to the poem. I may look for his plays at the library.
Visiting 9th and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis. This particular intersection is the title of and focal point for a spoken word piece by Tom Waits on his album Rain Dogs. I hadn’t purchased a cd in years, but after listening to Rain Dogs on lala.com (before it was defunct at the end of May) I knew I had discovered something to savor, and downloading random songs wouldn’t do. Rain Dogs is an ALBUM, a journey, a collection of songs that fit together rather than provided disjointed enjoyment that can easily be cut into singles for radio play. Check it out, friends.
What are you thinking about today?
Recently I got Google Reader. Now I’m up to 23 blogs that I follow, and while ‘liking’ or ‘sharing’ them is fun, and posting particularly splendid or intriguing articles on Facebook is great once in a while, I’ve been hankering for space to do more. To think more, muse more, comment more. So here it is.
And to start us off, I wanted to share the GOOD.is GOOD 100, a collection of amazing ideas that could very well change the world.
Any favorites? What could work? What just seems to abstract to be possible? What could WE add to the mix?