It has been a terrible year for natural disasters. The devastation in Haiti, the earthquakes in Chile and the current flooding in Nashville have all threatened infrastructure, destroyed livelyhoods and taken lives. Last week, we were beset with another mess: A blown out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana that has been spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude into the sea.
Work is underway to cap the well using a 100-ton concrete and steel construction, but the damage has been done. Though we won't know the extent of the impact the oil will have on the delicate ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico until they can cap the well and assess the damage, it's safe to say that it will be near-catastrophic. The concern over the future of the world's oceans is currently at its peak, which is why Participant Media (the company behind environmentally concerned projects like the Al Gore-fueled documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," the currently-in-theaters kid-friendly nature movie "Oceans" and the Oscar-winning film "The Cove") has set up the Save My Oceans Pledge. It's a social media-based project that asks participants to do one of three things to help ensure the ongoing health of the planet's seas: Using reusable bottles and bags, eating non-endangered seafood or reducing one's carbon footprint in order to prevent ocean temperatures from rising. All you have to do is head over to the official Save My Oceans site, take the pledge and then post it to Facebook or Twitter to get the word out.
The pledge has already spread to Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, who posted the pledge to his Facebook page yesterday. "While the full impact of the gulf oil spill is still unknown, we know it is catastrophic to the wildlife in the region," he wrote. "There are many small things we can do that collectively will help the future health of our oceans. Please join me in this effort by taking the Save My Oceans Pledge."
What do you do to ensure the health of our oceans? Let us know in the comments!