Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – Stop the hemorrhaging please! BP Oil Spill – Cornwall Ontario – June 29, 2010

Cornwall ON – We are now in the third month of the hemorrhaging of our ocean floor since the initial explosion of The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, April 20, 2010.
Why are we facing the results of such an event?  In addition to the people and businesses involved not being prepared for such an eventuality our demand for oil products and byproducts is the culprit.  This disaster certainly is an eye-opener to what unbridled consumerism can produce.

It is time for a revolution.  This is the time to innovate, develop and transform.  Our present way of doing and thinking must evolve to insure we continue to have a sustainable planet for all life now and in the future. We are in this life together; each action or non-action we take, affects all life that shares this planet with us.

Are the products you consume and purchase necessary?  Are these items produced by individuals and corporations that put the health of people and our environment ahead of profit?  Are you buying into a product or service that has the potential to irreversibly harm a species or ecosystem?  Are the businesses and people that you associate with only ‘talking the talk’ or ‘walking the walk’?  If we begin to ask the questions and look for and insist on the answers we can begin the transformation.

We cannot continue to blindly consume for the sake of convenience or based on our own personal need without consideration of all the others that inhabit this spaceship Earth with us.  Yes this will require an alteration in our way of thinking and it will require courage and an expenditure of our time to insist that our leaders, politicians, families, friends, schools and corporations conduct their day to day operations in a manner that is respectful to all life.  It is clear that our planet, our home can only continue to sustain us if we sustain her.

Every journey begins with one small step.  As I am writing this article I have a Township brochure on recycling in front of me that states that ‘it takes glass and plastic one million years to break down’.  This information is difficult to swallow especially considering the amount of plastic we consume each day by the purchasing choices we make.  Please do visit this following link on plastics to get a better understanding of how our penchant for plastic is affecting ‘The Circle of Life’. This is a very short two and one half minute video.  Two and one half minutes of your life to comprehend how our daily choices affect the world around us.  It is difficult to comprehend that we continue to use plastics and more importantly continue to put our precious environments at risk in our search and retrieval of oil to fuel our penchant for plastic.

Everyone is aware of a step they can take to insure the health of our planet.  You can give each of us a gift by donating your time and words to let your friends, politicians and the corporations that serve us know that the hemorrhaging of our earth must stop now.  We expect nothing less than respect for all life before profit.  Our earth will flourish with nothing less!

Perhaps you have an idea which can help the world deal with some of these issues.  Please do share it with us and with the corporations who can put them to use.


  1. The approaching your member of any level of government is like kicking a dead horse. Trust me I have met with many of them in the area.
    I can get further at work discussing with potential developers. This will in turn create a greater loss for the area loosing potential revenue, business opportunity and employment.

    As long as the people you want us to approach for help are not held responsible we are a ship with no captain

  2. Talking about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico I think that most people are totally missing the boat on how big and bad a disaster this is.

    First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they’re saying 200,000 barrels a day. That’s over a million gallons of crude oil a week!

    An engineer with 25 years of experience says “I’ve worked on some big projects with big machines. Maybe that’s why this mess is so clear to me. First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the importance of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.

    When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole some 5,000 feet under the ocean.
    Now they’ve got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig sitting on top of is spewing 200,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Take a moment and consider that, will you!
    First they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? That operation alone would take years and hundreds of billions to accomplish. Then, how do you cap that hole in the muddy ocean floor? There just is no way. No way.
    In the longer-term side of things, there are signs that this largest oil drilling catastrophe could also become the worst natural gas and climate disaster. The explosion has released tremendous amounts of methane from deep in the ocean, and research shows that methane, when mixed with air, is the most powerful (read: terrible) greenhouse gas — 26 times worse than carbon-dioxide. Our warming planet just got a lot hotter.

    The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb. I’m not kidding. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. Nothing short of that will work.
    If we can’t cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this? We’re so used to our politicians creating false crises to forward their criminal agendas that we aren’t recognizing that we’re staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there. Not to mention that the oceans are critical to maintaining the proper oxygen level in the atmosphere for human life.

    Unless God steps in and fixes this. No human can. You can be sure of that!”

  3. Check out Put in our location…Cornwall… to get a better sense of the area that this oil is currently affecting. If what you say is true I suggest we all join in prayer for a resolution. “Love is a poor man’s food; no profit side.”

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