Along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, people volunteering in large numbers for the struggle against the giant oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s great to see Americans coming together in a time of need.
Probably, you don’t live anywhere near the Gulf Coast, though. So, what can you do? Should you drive down to the Gulf Coast to help out? That would burn a lot of gasoline, increasing pressure for increased oil drilling, so no, that doesn’t make sense.
Look to your own back yard instead. It’s time for Americans to replace their lawns with more sustainable yards. It’s time to plant.
From The Plantsmen Nursery yesterday, I purchased 10 pots of native grasses that will grow tall instead of being cut back. They’ll spread too, taking up more and more of the space that was my lawn. I also purchased a start of native mountain mint and a native species of monarda. Both are great for pollinators, awesome in appearance, and rich smelling herbs, and they’ll spread as well, providing me with more and more material with which to cut back the gasoline-demanding sod and replace it with perennial beauty. At the same time, I picked up a white pine sapling, which will draw carbon dioxide out of the air as it grows, and provide shade in the place of fast-growing grass.
Replacing lawn with gardens and trees won’t cut the demand for oil as much as we need to, but it’s an important step in the effort to make sure that American shores never experience another invasion of filth from offshore drilling of the sort we are now seeing in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.