Jim Henson predicted the end of the world
Or more accurately, Brian Henson did. But more on that in a second…
I read an article today about the BP oil spill, and some analysts think the oil spill won’t end until Christmas. Meaning 4 million barrels oil would be dumped in the Gulf. And (I’m quoting) “That much oil would wipe out all life in the Gulf and completely change the ecosystem.” (read the full story here)
Let me repeat that: That much oil would wipe out all life in the Gulf.
In less than a year, those greedy bastards and their lack of foresight will probably lead to the destruction of an entire ecosystem. Fish, crabs, eels, dolphins, sea turtles, and all the plant life. Here’s a list of how and what animals are effected by this: here.
This doesn’t even mention the economic damage it will do to tourism and the jobs of people who thrived on fishing and dependency on the Gulf life.
One more time: That much oil would wipe out all life in the Gulf.
Let’s put aside how devastating it is to have a complete and total holocaust of an entire ecosystem. Let’s think about what that will mean big picture. To destroy all that life and dump all that oil in the ocean. What that will mean for life everywhere, in the ocean, on land. How that much pollutants will devastate the entire frickin planet.
This makes me so angry that I’m shaking. Literally shaking.
On a more positive note, here’s a link to 5 things WE can do to help fix this (via Mark Hoppus). Number 2 is volunteering in the Gulf and Florida, but that might not be an option for everybody, and there are things on the list that everyone could and should do.
I am adding one more to call action that isn’t on there: Boycott BP. I know they’re just one of many greedy oil companies, but it feels a little better knowing that you’re not buying gas from the company that killing all life in the Gulf.
I started this out saying that Brian Henson predicted the end of the world. I’m sure he’s not the first person to posit how greed, ignorance,and pollution would lead to the earth’s demise, but since this whole spill happened, I can’t help but think of the final episode of Dinosaurs.
If you’re not familiar, Dinosaurs was a brilliant sitcom from the early 90’s using animontrics and puppets. It was Jim Henson’s brain child that he was working on when he died, and it’s one of the best parts of his legacy.
I posted an abridged version of the episode (cut down to just under 5 minutes), and it explains all the major plot points. Unfortunately (and somewhat strangely) it doesn’t have the final haunting minutes of the episode, so I’m posting that video too. (To read the full episode synopsis, click here)
The last 3.5 minutes of Dinosaurs: (Warning: It always makes me cry, but maybe that’s important.)
The recap of the Dinosaurs episode “Changing Nature”:
If you don’t watch, here’s a quote from the end of the episode that sums it up:
Earl: Well, you see little guy, what happened was…Daddy got put in charge of the world, and he didn’t take real good care of it. And now it looks like there’s not going to be much of a world left for you and your brother and your sister to live in.
Baby: Are we gonna move?
Earl: Well, no. There’s no place to move to, this is the only world we got.