Since then satellite images have shown the slick not only spreading, but also expanding by as much as 1,150 square miles to 3,850 square miles in just one day. Despite efforts to control the leak, first by burning and then by creating barriers, the slick has now begun to wash ashore the Gulf coast – which is home to more than 400 species of birds, fish and wildlife.
The company responsible for this disaster – British Petroleum a.k.a BP – have pledged to pay any of the legitimate claims “in relation to the oil spill.” However, until they decide that it’s time to cough up, there are many groups working in the area that you can support …
* The National Audubon Society are working hard to aid birds and the habitats affected by the oil spill. Their experts throughout the gulf region are monitoring its impact, helping to recruit and coordinate volunteers, and planning for the conservation challenges that lie ahead. You can help by donating money to the NAS here.
* You can also support the work of the National Wildlife Federation, who are rallying the lawmakers to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill that will not only protect the environment but also reduce America’s energy dependency. Visit this page if you would like to make a donation.
* Matter of Trust are accepting donations of your hair. I know this sounds crazy, but because hair collects grease and oils, it can be used to create oil spill hair mats. These mats help to absorb oil and once saturated can be turned into nontoxic compost. If you are planning on a bob any time soon, check out this to find out where you can send your hair. Alternatively, Commit A Deliberate Act Of Gorgeousness by visiting as many local hairdressers as you can and ask them to save all the hair they collect which you can then send off to Matter of Trust.