Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th - Day 75 of the disaster in the Gulf

Day 75: The Battle for Freedom From Oil

Today's sketch carries the flag for Independence Day. The flag flies backwards to pay tribute to our soldiers who's flag on their uniform is backwards as well. The backward flag represents bravery as soldiers go out to war with the flag flying behind them as it would be if they were holding the flag.

As I sketched, I thought about how much the oil spill is like a war for sea life and sea birds who have no way of defending themselves through oil filled water and boom collected oil burns. I thought about how scared the animals must be and how brave they are to continue to search for peace in a safe and healthy environment.

My kids tell me my current sketchbook is creepy. Yes, I tell them the oil spill is horrible, deadly and irresponsible and although we can't see it locally it right now in Miami, we will and it will change our lives forever. I want them to remember how fragile life is; how we need to support ways to use energy without oil; and how important it is to protect our environment.


  1. I would have emailed you this...but I wondered if you have read or heard about this, as it concerns the clean up or cover up of the Gulf Spill. If you could email me...see profile then I could send you the whole article. There isn't room in a comment section.
    "Blue Flu" Hitting GOM States & Florida?

    “Blue Flu” infecting people along the Gulf of Mexico, other southern states?

    Some people are calling it the BP Flu. But it is commonly being called the Blue Flu, because the alleged symptoms include blue lips and skin; and it’s scaring the hell out of people all around the Gulf area –from Texas to Florida.

    This Blue Flu is separate from people experiencing something called TILT, or “Toxic-Induced Loss of Tolerance.”

    People with TILT are typically those who were in the immediate area of the spill, mostly those directly involved with the cleanup. Those suffering from Blue Flu are an entirely different matter. These are people who were not in direct contact with the spill, or the cleanup chemicals. They simply live in the south, near the Gulf.

    Symptoms include swollen glands, notably in the neck, fever, vomiting, headache, bluish lip color, numbness in fingers and toes. The most alarming symptom being reported is “severe symptomatic cyanosis.” This is the entire body turning blue, a discoloration of the skin.

  2. Thanks Cosmic Arcata... when will everyone understand that water is more precious than oil? The oil spill seems to keep coming out in disastrous ways as much as it is sweep under the carpet. Thanks for sending the info about Blue Flu...