This is going to be a different kind of post for me today. I've been suffering from blogging block this week. A form of writer's block in which I just didn't know what the heck I wanted to post about. I have so much on my mind, foremost is the oil spill. I just can't seem to function normally while our precious Gulf is going through such a tragic change. As I watch the news of the oil washing ashore in the form of tar balls, it breaks my heart. My life has always revolved around the beach, always. I've lived on the Pacific, the Gulf and now the Atlantic.
But, while I cry over the devastation being forced upon our shore, I also cry over the sea life that is being impacted, the water that has become polluted for who knows how long? I see people's livelihoods being destroyed. I watch this all and feel so helpless of how I can possibly help save our precious oceans. For that matter, how do we save this planet we call home?
This weighs heavily on my mind, as I know it does so many of you. So what are we going to do about it? We share recipes, photos, gardening tips, craft ideas and so much more and I love that about our blogging community, but I want to do more with my blog. Sure, I'm going to continue with my usual posts, but I want to add something in the mix and today I found a way to do that thanks to my dear friend Julie @ Being Ruby.
Julie's post today introduced me to another blogger, Susan of Old Grey Mare who has come up with what I believe is brilliant! Susan has started Project Genesis and she describes it this way:
"My goal is simple. For at least one day a month I want us all to learn something new about our environment, and educate ourselves to conserve our natural resources, restrict fossil fuels, protect our food sources and consciously make change. This will be a learning process for all of us, and I plan to be surprised by the ideas put forth and the wisdom shared."
Now some of you may know that for the last two years I have participated in the Oceanic Blog-A-Thon, hosted by Cris of Here and There and Everywhere on World Oceans Day. The first year I wrote about the Mangrove trees in Florida and the impact they have on our ecosystem. This year I wrote about an Oyster Restoration Project here in Georgia. These are two of my favorite posts, because I hope that all of you who read them learned something new on how we can protect our oceans and how each living thing, be it animal or plant work to keep our environment, thus our way of life, safe.
Today is the very first day of Project Genesis and since I was totally unprepared, my participation today will be to inform you all of this most worthy project and urge you to visit Susan, read the rules, and think about what you do to protect our planet and post next month. This will take place on the 1st day of each month. I like this idea, what do you think? Already today I visited each link of the participants, nine as of this post and learned a few things I had no idea about. Awareness is the key to knowledge and we each need to stop and think about how every decision we make has a direct impact on the world around us. So what do you think my dear, dear readers, can we all share with each other things we each do or things we've learned that will have a positive effect? My hopes today are that you will learn more about Project Genesis and share your knowledge and ideas with the rest of us on August 1, 2010. We can make a difference, one blog at a time.