We conducted an extraordinary 4 hour CLEAN Tour today with a team of highly motivated, truly dedicated folks from Southwest Florida. Before conducting our seminar at Don Pedro Island State Park we scoured the beach to observe some of the casualties of our toxic water conditions. Although it was not the prettiest site we did discuss some of the species that we found such as the Calico Crab (AKA the Leopard Crab) and the Flame Box Crab, both of which are very uncommon at least to see alive at the beach.
We of course found (and disposed of) trash which is always so disappointing to see on and by our waterways.
Our seminar included some in-depth knowledge with regards to sustainable living, the need and ways to practice recycling, the use of natural based fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in the garden. We also discussed a new topic today.
We explored and discussed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and more specifically the dispersant that was used during that environmental disaster. The dispersant COREXIT was used by BP to the sum of about 2 million gallons which was not approved by the EPA for use in this quantity. This was the largest volume of chemical dispersant ever used in U.S history. As you can see in the picture of where the spill occurred and where we are located it's only about 400 miles or so from our beaches. Research shows COREXIT is extremely toxic to marine life and humans. We hypothesized that this just might be something else to consider with regards to the timing of Hurricane Irma, the directional flow of our Gulf currents and our current ecological disaster we are experiencing. Did recent storms carry this dispersing agent as it broke up on the Gulf floor? As I've stated many times before, I believe our current situation is being fed by multiple sources and is far more complex than we currently understand. We will need a hybrid solution to figure out how to proceed forward with this very complex scenario.
Remember, education must lead to action. That education needs to start with our legacy, our children. Ready for some environmental push-ups?