Today is Blog Action Day, and this yearâ€™s theme couldnâ€™t be more relevant to us and all you fantastic ocean activists: water.
Water is also an especially poignant theme given the timing. Next Wednesday is the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill dominated the news -- and this blog -- for several months, and nobodyâ€™s sure what the long-term effects will be on gulf ecosystems.
And yet, just a few days ago, the Obama administration lifted the moratorium on deepwater oil drilling several weeks earlier than planned, and several months before the release of studies about the effects of the oil spill on the gulf.
As Oceanaâ€™s pollution campaign director Jackie Savitz said of the decision, â€śThis is an incredibly disconcerting and unjustified move, that could open the door for the next great oil disaster. Oil spills are common. The question is not whether there will be another spill but when.â€ť
But not all the news the past few months has been negative. Yes, the gulf has endured the worst environmental crisis in our nationâ€™s history, but there are signs of hope. Momentum on offshore wind power is building, for one thing.