On April 20, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank. 800,000 liters of oil gush every day into the Gulf of Mexico. After the initial press coverage, what are we talking about now? In Germany, we have covered the European song contest first, the soccer world cup next, then the marriage of princess Victoria of Sweden.
At the same time, the ocean is dying, and nobody seems to care. Doesn't it touch us anymore? Isn't it close enough? Have we not thought about the consequences that will touch us personally? Will we be able to continue eating sea food or will the whole ecosystem come crashing down? Is the human race a monster, killing its environment by its insatiable lust for energy?
I'm feeling ill, thinking about our planet, about our future . . . and the things that aren't done, for political reasons, maybe? How come we can fly to the moon but are unable to plug a hole in the ground? How come we haven't found a solution in two months?
I'm scared, not only by what happened, but much more by our relaxed attitude. We consumers can change the world by making conscious choices, by buying products that will need less energy, but choosing a life style that is more economical with our world's resources. No, I'm not saying I would like to live without central heating. But I'm thinking twice about taking the car when I can go by bike. My next vehicle will work with electricity.
We authors have a responsibility. Words can change the world by making people act. Let's do all we can to keep this planet healthy.