Sunflower Skins

August 17, 2010

Adapting to the Black Pelt Oil Crisis

A Message from Thom Roland & Britani Sadovski

From woolly mammoths in snowy prehistory to elephants on the hot African plains to the many endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, evolution relies on the ability for life to adapt. Following suit of the planet’s ecological state, animals have evolved as steadily—as complexly—as human beings. Until human beings, that is. With our grand delusions of destiny and entitlement we’ve begun to destroy this planet (though some of us try to stop it).

In times of ecological crisis or severe change, animals are faced with a drastically new environment, one to which they must either adapt or become extinct; they are forced to evolve much faster and more radically than the natural progression, or otherwise be obliterated. These environmental changes are either natural or artificially induced by humankind.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, though finally capped, will result in more ecological damage than environmental experts can predict. Despite skimming efforts, oil-slicked birds collapse on shores, too heavy to lift a head, and fish lie belly up by the thousands in shiny waters. Oil has destroyed breeding grounds, infiltrated fish eggs, and contaminated algae. Plankton—the food chain’s most basic member—now contains traces of oil, feeding into the larger sources, as fish are eaten by bigger fish—and those in turn by even bigger fish. The entire fishing industry itself will be irreparably harmed once the oil completely spreads throughout the coast and washes to the depths and the shores. As a result of this spill, marine life is forever altered.

The good people in the Sunflower Skins offices are distraught with the idea of losing part of the ocean’s population, yet we retain hope for evolution. While hair growth may provide short-term skin protection, we fear that an equally beneficial reverse-effect is unlikely; forced ecological change, particularly as a coping response, induces premature, accelerated development. Not only will the whales, and potentially the global food supply, have to cope with the oil crisis, they must also learn to behave in a new manner in their new bodies. More than 100 days later we wonder if they’ll survive—and if we, too, will be able to adapt.

Please visit Feed the Whales for more information

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  1. […] A Message from Thom Roland & Britani Sadovski From woolly mammoths in snowy prehistory to elephants on the hot African plains to the many endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, evolution relies on the ability for life to adapt. Following suit of the planet’s ecological state, animals have evolved as steadily—as complexly—as human beings. Until human beings, that is. With our grand delusions of destiny and entitlement we’ve begun to destroy … Read More […]

    Pingback by Adapting to the Black Pelt Oil Crisis (via Sunflower Skins) « thom roland — September 10, 2010 @ 3:44 pm


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