Friday, May 7, 2010

A Spiritual Response to the Gulf Oil Spill

The Huffington Post is a major on-line news outlet. Today there is an article in it by a Pagan -Wes Isley - titled A Spiritual Response to the Gulf Oil Spill

NY Times photo
Swimming through patches of oxidizing oil mingling with chemical dispersants used by BP to break up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, a sea turtle surfaces to feed this week in the Gulf of Mexico.

"By now we're all aware of just how disastrous the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill is in terms of the potential environmental and economic damage. But as a person of faith who follows a nature-based spirituality, I believe crises like these affect us at the soul level as well -- but no one's talking about that. And while the spill is a tragedy we will surely talk about for years to come, I also believe it provides a pivotal opportunity for the wider Neo-Pagan spiritual community to show how our faith can help point the way to a more responsible use of Earth's resources." ...(Cont.)...

More on the Gulf oil spill...
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Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico reaches US Gulf coast
Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, This Is About To Get Very Ugly
Oil Spill 2010: What's at Stake for the Environment?
Gulf of Mexico: Oil slick threatening Wildlife
Valdez Victims: Gulf Coast Has Long Road Ahead
Dead Sea Turtles Washing Up Along Gulf Coast 
The gulf spill and the need for clean energy
The Oil Spill's Impact On Gulf Coast Wildlife
Update from The Times-Picayune
Breton Island - National Wildlife Refuge
CNN - Flying over the Gulf Coast slick
NPR - Bracing For Disaster In The Gulf Ecosystem
Salon - How to guarantee a Gulf oil spill
In Wake of Oil Spill, Most Americans See Need for Clean Energy and Climate Legislation
LA Times - Gulf oil spill: American Bird Conservancy maps the risk areas
Wildlife Rescue Efforts
INTERVIEW-Gulf oil spill might have surpassed Exxon Valdez
Washington Post - After Gulf Coast oil spill, scientists envision devastation for region
The Gulf Oil Spill: 6 Ways to Help

"Here's a list of some of the groups working on the oil spill that get three- and four-star ratings from"

National Audubon Society, is working to aid birds and habitat affected by the spill.
National Wildlife Federation, is responding to the spill.
Greater New Orleans Foundation, is assisting locally.
Matter of Trust is accepting donations of hair, fur and nylons, which are used to aid in the oil response.