A Sad Reminder of our Responsibilities

March 22, 2011,
Claire Montanaro

Arare penguin colony in Nightingale Island in the South Atlantic is being badly affected by a large oil spill from a shipwrecked cargo boat, and it is feared many of them will die.

For years there have been calls for the shipping industry to be required to sail at a safe distance from shore, particularly where the land is environmentally sensitive, but as in so much to do with that industry, little has been done and events like these continue to occur regularly.

I have said before that the world of nature is our greatest teacher, and we see it here once more, where birds and animals suffer to remind us of our planetary responsibilities. What is sad, today, is that so little attention is being paid to the story of the potential devastation of a precious wildlife area, all the focus being on the war in Libya. I heard a brief feature about it on the BBC Today programme, but could find no reference to it on the BBC website itself.

While the Arab Spring is in my thoughts, today my heart goes out to all the occupants of Nightingale Island and the seas around it, and my gratitude to those unsung environmental heroes who are trying with such dedication to ameliorate the situation as best they can, literally cleaning up the mess that man has created.


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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.


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