Category Archives: Water

Local effort seeks supplies to help with Gulf clean-up

oilbirdSupplies are needed to aid in Gulf Coast clean-up  operations and may be dropped off at Blowing Smoke BBQ parking lot (514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Saturday, June 12 from noon to 5 p.m. or at the Coastal Pet Rescue Pet-a-Palooza event on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 8 p.m. at Molly McGuire’s on Wilmington Island. Catnip N Biscuits on Skidaway will also accept items all week long from 9 am to noon and 2 – 6 p.m. until June 28.

Needed items include:

  • Heating pads (w/o auto shut off if possible)
  • Large Rubbermaid containers with lids
  • Heating lamps
  • Large backyard portable pools like found at Wal-Mart
  • Disposable Towels
  • Plastic Trash Bags
  • Plastic Trash Cans
  • Newspaper
  • Linens
  • Sheets
  • Toothbrushes
  • Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves
  • Kennels (Small to X-Large)
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Stand by fire extinguishers
  • Bottled water
  • Detergent – (Biodegradable)

The supply drive will end June 30, at which time Green Lifespace will deliver the collected items to Apalachacola River Keeper in Franklin County, FL and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. “I believe strongly in the power of people coming together for a common cause,” said Maria Castro, President and Founder of Green Lifespace. “As an avid animal lover and environmentalist in Savannah Georgia, I felt it was my responsibility to step up and take action and invite others to do the same in support of our precious wildlife being affected.”

In addition to the supply drive, Castro will attend training on cleaning oil spill by PEC (Petrolium Education Council) so that she may volunteer her efforts while in Florida. Businesses or individuals interested in contributing toward the supply drive and travel expenses may contact Maria Castro at mfcastro@greenlifespace.com or (912) 844-3184.

Would oil off our coast cause us to change our ways?

oilspillstoppedIn the early days of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, some local media reported the Gulf Coast’s loss could be the Atlantic Coast’s gain, in the form of tourists reconfiguring their summer vacation destinations. These stories usually included mandatory expressions of sympathy for the region dealing with the environmental catastrophe. Still, the disaster was down there. The major consequence for us would be more difficulty finding space to plant our chairs and umbrellas on the more crowded beaches of Tybee Island, right? Interviews were conducted just to make sure we were in the clear. But now the story may be changing. Yesterday, the New York Times’ Dot Earth blog published a horrifying animation that illustrates where the oil might eventually go if the damaged well continues to flow.

Oil AnimationWill the realization that it could come here lead to any action besides the emotionally satisfying, but ultimately useless, railing against BP and the government that has been our only response to the spill? Will the possibility of oil slicks from Miami to Maine cause us to comprehend our role in this cataclysm? Will it help us to finally understand that it’s our unrelenting demand for cheap oil that made deep water drilling a viable business proposition? Will it prompt us to take a hard look at how we have built our communities and the way we choose to travel in our daily lives?

Here’s an excellent list of 10 ways cities and towns can kick the offshore-oil habit. How many of these are we doing locally? Aside from the wonderful expansion of on-street bicycle parking, spearheaded by Sean Brandon of the City of Savannah’s Parking and Mobility Services department, the sad answer is not much. In fact, some of the ideas mentioned in the list, including increased density and reduced automobile parking, are fighting words around here! Having been shown the consequences of our oil dependency via television coverage from the Gulf of Mexico, can we now talk seriously about our problems and begin to make responsible decisions about how to make our communities sustainable and livable? Or will it take oil drifting into Wassaw Sound to get our attention?

Sustainable agriculture conference to be held in Savannah, April 16 and 17

greeningthesoutheastThe Greening the Southeast Regional Summit is scheduled for April 16 and 17 at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. According to event organizers, the summit will, “bring together regional and national experts and grassroots organizations to provide training/information and successful models that focus on renewable energy sources for agriculture and forestry, to discuss how does sustainable farming and forestry impact climate change in the Southeast.” Session topics include:

  • Farming and Forestry
  • Non-traditional Funding Sources
  • Climate Change, Renewable Energy Sources, Food Access and Watersheds
  • Successful Grassroots Models
  • Green Action Plans for College Campuses

For more information, visit the summit Web site.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival in full swing

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While movie buzz has surrounded the shooting of Disney picture featuring the star of the Hannah Indiana franchise (Sorry, I’m unfamiliar with her work), another arm of the Disney empire was making news in Savannah, according to the Creative Coast:

Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film “OceanWorld 3D,” the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced at the Blue Ocean Film Festival by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

The festival’s goal is “to honor, promote and share films that inspire people to protect our oceans and the life within.” A schedule of screenings, which includes films with local focus, can be found on the BLUE Ocean Film Festival Web site. The festival concludes on Sunday.