Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sands of 2011

Reflecting back to 2010, most journalists and activists would agree that the biggest environmental disaster occurred on April 20th, 2010. That will be a memorable day for when BP's, Deepwater Horizon, oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and commencing months of oil leaking unrestrained into the ocean. After numerous efforts and continues tries to plug the leaking well, dispersants were released to control roughly 205 million gallons of oil.

Even though the white sands have transformed to brown, even though the marine population has been hindered and not to mention the unemployment rate climbing in most parts from Louisiana to Florida, I find it remarkable that the spirits remain alive, unbreakable and passionate about 2011. Recycling efforts appear to be increasing along beach fronts, community groups are initiating networking sessions and the economic development offices continue to push for state and local support.

When we look back at 2010, we can easily focus on the bad, but more importantly there is plenty of good that also can't be overlooked. Art, culture, and technology will continue to collide and transform our world for 2011 and years to come. The creativity and engineering that emerges will remind us we can make smart choices, support local businesses, and encourage design and innovation. There is no doubt that risk will present itself in how we are to reshape our beaches, our cities, our communities and nations. With that risk comes reward; one that most are willing to take for 2011 and beyond.

Consume Less. Conserve More.

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