One of the worst things that can happen to the environment is an oil spill. And about a month ago, the Philippines experienced a catastrphophic one.
On August 11th, a 998-ton tanker, Solar 1 sank of the coast of Guimaras island, spilling 500,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the sea.
Guimaras island was once known as one of the most idyllic holiday spots in the Philippines, with long stretches of white sandy beaches and fantastic marine reserves.
The oil slick has damaged 187 miles of coastline, thousands of acres of mangroves and seeweed plantations, killed millions of marine life, and has affected 40,000 villagers who have lost their livelihood and/or homes.
Today, the tanker remains underwater and is continuing to leak the deadly oil. There has been ardent appeals for oil giant Petron to help remove the tanker, but so far nothing concrete has been done and the problem remains – polluting the sea and beyond.
Enter Project Sunrise, a website created to increase awareness and hopefully get help. Backed by the Governor of Guimaras island, the website includes background information on the island, the situation today, personal stories and ways to help or get involved. It has great links to news, web feeds, and even blogs dedicated to the spill.
Because of low funds, the Philippine people have started a nationwide hair donation drive to help in the clean-up – inmates recently went bald so that their hair could be used, and more than 500 salons in the capital joined in the effort. Chicken feathers and straw is also being collected all around the country.
Visit the website today and see how YOU can make a difference.
Originally posted on September 12, 2006 @ 4:25 pm