BOLTON LANDING - Grieving the environmental havoc occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, nine area citizens gathered June 8 and held a vigil over the massive oil spill.
Although the event included venting frustrations over British Petroleum's lack of disclosure and grossly inadequate environmental safety planning, the group also talked about what they could do individually to make a difference, organizer Kelly Baker said Monday.
The vigil, held at Baker's home on new Vermont Rd., included news through independent media sources about how the lives and livelihood of coastline residents and fishermen have been adversely effected.
Participants discussed how they could each move toward a more sustainable lifestyle and minimize their use of oil, Baker said. "We each made a pledge to change the way were living and get off this addiction to oil - which is killing our world," she said.
"We're all in denial," she added, referring to the American lifestyle which is heavily dependent on oil and other non-renewable, potentially destructive resources.
Several of the members, including Baker, discussed how they'd likely be traveling to the Gulf to help with wildlife rescue and environmental recovery and restoration efforts - if they are convinced that they can make a consequential contribution to the cleanup, she said.
Recently Baker sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take decisive action as soon as possible, she said.
"British petroleum is doing everything to keep as quiet as possible about the situation, and our government isn't stepping up to the plate at this point," she said. "We're now almost two months into this disaster, and why did the government wait until now to demand a plan of action?"
Baker has also collected human hair from floors of local salons, which is being sent to the Gulf along with animal fibers for use as stuffing in booms, because it so effectively soaks up oil.
Baker and group members also exchanged seeds at the vigil - to plant vegetables in an effort to boost sustainable local food production, which minimizes dependence on oil for packaging, marketing and transportation, she said.
The hour-long session included strategizing personal sustainable living practices, and promoting alternative sources of energy.