I received this in my email and thought it worth passing along.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a terrible reminder that we as citizens
can not depend on big corporations or on our governments to look out for our best
interests. Corporations have been, and always will be, concerned with one
thing--making money for their shareholders. Safety for their workers, the
environment or the people who live in the communities where they do their business
comes a distant second to making that almighty dollar.
Our leaders aren't much better. Heads of regulatory commissions don't act on our
behalf because they are mostly industry insiders who'd rather protect their friends'
profits than protect welfare of their citizens. Congress rarely acts in our best
interest because the voice of the powerful lobbyists with fat checkbooks drowns out
that of the average citizen. At all levels, it is apparent that our leaders are more
worried about donations and lucrative private sector jobs than they are about the
people they were elected to serve.
This oil spill, this catastrophic disaster, is wreaking havoc on the natural
habitats all along the gulf coast and it's true global environmental impact will not
be known for some time. It's impact on the local economies of coastal towns is
already being seen too, and, like the environmental impact, the true extent of the
economic impact will not be seen for some time. Entire ecological systems are being
destroyed. Families and communities are being devastated. Businesses and pristine
wildlife are being lost forever.
This disaster needs to be the last straw. It is time for the people of the world to
say "enough." Vote out leaders who do not take their commitment to their citizens
seriously. Boycott brands that refuse to conduct their business safely and
responsibly. Above all, raise your voice! Speak out for your rights, the rights of
your community and for the rights of future generations.
Blogs have given each of us unprecedented reach and influence. Bloggers can use
their medium to affect real change. Millions of bloggers across the globe can band
together and say "enough." Together we can spread a message of change. Together we
can take action to stop the cycles of corruption and impotence that allow careless
corporations and ineffective governments to promote their selfish agendas while
trampling all over the rights and the needs of the people.
It starts now. Its starts with you and with me. It starts when we go online, log in
and post about how we will no longer stand for leaders who can't do their jobs, for
companies that pollute, for CEO's who care about their profits more than their
customers, for systems that reward the rich and powerful while ignoring the common
man. One blog post may not change the world, but millions of authors speaking out
alongside hundred of millions of readers can. Inform your readers. Inspire them to
act. When we all cry out together, we will be heard.
Please join me on BloggersUnite.org for BloggersUnite For The Gulf. Please stand
with me and tell the government and big oil "ENOUGH!" It's time we each take
responsibility for making this world a wonderful place to live!