Why we are in the Gulf

by Dan Howells

August 13, 2010

dolphins at the bowThis morning reminded me of why we’re really here.

The Arctic Sunrise expedition into the Gulf of Mexico is conduct independent science to tell the story of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill forever changing the ecosystem. Make sure people don’t forget.

This is my first time on a Greenpeace ship. The cabins are cramped but comfortable. The food is fantastic. It’s a real team effort as everyone on the ship has the responsibility for cleaning, helping with ship functions, assisting anyone with sea sickness, and emergencies (none yet but a couple of drills). It reminds me of my sisters and I when we were younger taking house cleaning assignments, turning up the stereo and each of us at the same time dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the toilet, and tiding up the place.

Of course now I’m on a Arctic Sunrise. Just before chores started this morning a few of us were getting caffeinated on the bow. Nicole spotted three dolphins making their way towards us. It was about 7:30 am and the morning sunlight was perfect the gorgeous waters of the Gulf shined an unbelievable blue. The dolphins swam right to the hull and began to play in the wake of the ship taking the lead as we go to Key West. An amazing way to start the day. And a reminder.

Fossil fuels are a disaster. How many oil spills, miner deaths, coal ash contaminations, deaths from air pollution, and list goes on is it going to take for all of us to take the responsibility of changing the way we create and use energy.  Changing our energy policies will make us all healthier and safer. It’ll be good for the dolphins, too.

— Dan Howells

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