Even though it isn't technically part of my usual consumer product safety focus, I can't get Dr. Shaw's speech out of my head. The dangerous toxins in our ocean and the terrifying impact that the oil spill will have on our already chemical-drenched environment are enough to give anyone nightmares. It is too easy to feel powerless and immobilized by the enormity of it all.
Short of moving to Maine and volunteering for the Institute on a daily basis, there are some things that we can do to help. I found a wishlist on the MERI Center for Marine Studies/Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) website.
While some items are a bit specific (liquid nitrogen portable container, stainless steel sink, oars...), there are a few simple items on the list that could be shipped fairly easily - I'm going to start with children's books and fish food. For more information, contact Sarah Curts at 207-374-2135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Shaw and her site are inspiring. Visit MERI online when you need to be reassured that someone is working around the clock to make a positive difference in this unthinkable situation.