With the tragic loss of life that our Gulf of Mexico undergoes this year, I invite true American patriots to refrain from celebrating via the use of pyrotechnics, especially along our streams, rivers and bays.
We know fireworks torture our domestic animals as well as wildlife and marine species. In respect for the creatures of the Gulf, let us use the symbolism of the Fourth of July to mark our independence from selfish traditions that disregard life.
Let us show some restraint and honor the beauty of sea turtles, dolphins, pelicans, verdant estuaries and clean beaches. Or at least they once were beautiful but now suffer the horrific hell that wages a war of fertilizer runoff, oil, dispersants and fire.
After such an Independence Day, we could then rethink all our behaviors concerning water and our lovely but endangered Puget Sound. We could proclaim water our life blood and preserve it by driving less; creating gray water solutions in our homes or constructing rain gardens; planting native species alongside our shores; drinking from reusable containers; holding car washes on permeable surfaces; and helping the poor to obtain water filters, etc…
Please join me on this Fourth of July, 2010, in my efforts to free myself from the tyranny of practices that harm other lives.