April 20th, 2010 could mark the start of the worst environmental disaster the world has ever seen. The tragedy began when an offshore rig, drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded. Eleven workers were killed in the accident, which caused the oil well to rupture.
Gulf Oil Spill
Photo Credit: Greenpeace USA Flickr Pool
The resulting leak spews between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of crude oil every day, or as much as 9500 cubic meters. The oil slick on the surface of the water has reached roughly 6,500 square km in width. It covers the shores of four US states, including beaches, wetlands and estuaries. The black sludge has killed hundreds of fish, seabirds and turtles, as well as dolphins and other precious marine creatures.
To get an idea of just how massive the oil spill has become, visit If It Was My Home to see a size comparison with your own location. The area of damage is enormous, and it continues to get larger and more deadly every day. Jay Holcomb, director of the International Bird Rescue Center, says “…it’s like a new spill every day.”
The Deepwater Horizon disaster has halted all marine industries in the area, and put thousands of families out of work. This newest tragedy threatens an economy already sensitive due to hurricanes like Katrina and Rita.
Size of the BP Oil Spill Compared to Ottawa, Ontario
So what can you do to help? Many charitable organizations are doing what they can to repair the environmental damage, and offer aid to impoverished families. A generous group of Etsy sellers has united to raise funds for Oxfam America and the National Wildlife Federation. At Help the Gulf Coast, you can find a stunning array of handmade wares, all donated for this important cause. 100% of the net profits from this shop are divided between these two charities. Help the Gulf Coast has already raised over $5000!
Many of our talented Oh Canada Team members have reached out by donating their time and materials. These exclusive designs are just a few examples of the products you will find at Help the Gulf Coast, with over 400 listings and counting. To learn more about how you can donate an item, or how even the smallest purchase can help, visit the Help the Gulf Coast blog.
Neighboats Sea Breeze Soap
Donated by soapstar
Ophelia Vintage Gemstone Earrings
Donated by Joanniel Creations
Other Oh Canada Team members that have donated include Little Bear's Mom and The Sage's Cupboard. We would all like to thank the amazing admins at Help the Gulf Coast, who donate so much of their time to this great fundraiser, as well as all of the Etsy sellers who have donated, and everyone who has made a purchase for these important charities. We can make a difference one handmade creation at a time!
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