We are all to blame for the oil spill

I am a beach-goer, a tree hugger, and a seafood-lover. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico really affects me. I see the oil-covered birds, black as coal, on TV. I hear all the news stations talking about it. I think of all the fishermen not being able to put food on the table because of the dirty, oil covered shrimp and fish in the ocean. Also, the shop owners down in Florida, waiting for tourists to come pouring in, but being let down, because who wants to go on vacation to dirty, ugly beaches? Why is this happening? Because of the carelessness of certain money-making oil rig companies. They do what is best for themselves — what will make them the most money, not what is best for our planet.

I, of course, realize that it is not completely their fault. The people really to blame are us. Us — the people of this planet; the soccer moms, the overprotective dads, the cranky grandparents, the rebellious teens. We are all to blame. Even the most eco-concerned people have contributed to this disaster. We all have used oil, and it has become a very important part of today's society. Our selfishness has caused this disaster, and the effects of it will stay with us for generations to come!

I know I am just a young girl who plays sports and doesn't really do anything exciting, but I hope that you will listen to me in saying that we need to stop throwing around the blame and clean this up! Animals are dying, beaches are being ruined, the ocean is being contaminated, and people are losing their jobs. BP needs to fix this, and we should all help. Does it really matter who caused this catastrophe? I don't care. I just want this to be better, and we are obviously not trying our hardest, because the oil is spreading farther and farther every day. I am scared that it will soon reach the East Coast, where I live, and go up the Chesapeake Bay, killing the fish and wildlife all around me.

You may think that you are just one person, and that you can't make difference in the world, but that's not true. If we all join together and help stop this oil spill, it can — and will — happen.

Grace Macatee, Street

The writer is a student at North Harford Middle School.

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