In a world of disasters, how do we cultivate hope?

Enviro-Mental

Oil in wave An oil-filled wave off the coast of Santa Barbara in the wake of this week’s crude oil pipeline burst. (Photo by: Spiritnthesky. Sourced from CrowdAlbum)

My home state of California has been hit with two disasters in one week–a raw sewage spill in Monterey Bay, and the more devastating crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coastline. These two spills are only the latest examples of the thousands of human-caused disasters that plague our shorelines every year (not counting all of the natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes that add to these impacts).

The combined impact of these acts of negligence to our own health and the health of coastal ecosystems, while only partially known at present, are unquestionably negative and potentially long-lasting as has been shown for the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf.

Dead fish, kelp and other sea life start to wash ashore in the aftermath of the Santa Barbara oil spill. (Photo: RaeAnn Christiansen. Sourced from CrowdAlbum) Dead fish, kelp and other sea life start to wash ashore in the aftermath…

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2 thoughts on “In a world of disasters, how do we cultivate hope?

  1. Great blog! A week or so ago I did an eco post but I feel I could definitely learn a lot from this!

    Keep up the great work 🙂

  2. Such a good question, and one that many conservation organizations are struggling with. I think it’s so important to convey that message of hope though. We can actually make changes to solve some of these problems. I truly believe that. Thanks for the repost!

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