getoffoilday

One of the paradoxes of modern life is that we think we’re so connected to everything via iPhones and Twitter and a blindingly paced 24/7 news cycle, but the amount of information is so vast that it’s sometimes hard to really feel connected.

Since the BP oil spill, I’ve been busy signing petitions to President Obama and writing relevant blog posts and sharing the latest Tony Hayward gaffe on Facebook, but at my core I feel wholly unsatisfied. I don’t feel like I’m really doing anything.

Evidently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. It wasn’t until I saw Rebecca Tickell speak at the Women of the Green Generation Conference and share her and her husband’s (Fuel director Josh Tickell) plans for oil spill protest rallies both here in Los Angeles and later this month in New Orleans that I realized: Oh, yeah. There are some issues that warrant more of a response than a Tweet from the comfort of my own couch.

And if the BP oil spill isn’t one of them, I don’t know what is.

So if you’re in Los Angeles tomorrow, consider stepping away from your laptop for a few hours and making your voice heard at LA Get Off Oil Day. And if you can travel (preferably in an eco-friendly way) to the June 29 protest in New Orleans, more green power to you.

–Jennifer Grayson

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