Sorrow, deep sorrow

in every sinew

Through the news updates on BP’s month-long attempts and failure to stop the mile deep oil well from flooding the ocean with crude south of the United States, I am reminded of a school lesson taught to me half a century ago warning of the need to develop alternative energy sources using wind, solar and geothermal technologies.

If resources had been allocated 50 years ago, would we now be facing this monumental environmental disaster? I think not. Tears well up in me at the sight of oil soaked pelicans and word of the deaths of dolphins and other sea life, and there is the heavy feeling in my chest while holding my breath bracing for information that has yet to be revealed.

We, the world inhabitants in the developed world, have fallen far short of being good stewards of this earth with its delicate ecosystem. We must do better. We must.


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