Thursday, July 1, 2010

BP's Punishment (by vuvuzelas!)

How are you enjoying the World Cup vuvuzelas? I'm not a World Cup fan, myself, but I hear that these little horns are raking the nerves of soccer fans everywhere!

Also, how are you enjoying the oil spill gush, courtesy of BP? Does your blood boil with every oil soaked animal you see on TV? Does your heart go out to the fishermen who's livelihoods are being destroyed?

Do you want to see BP pay?!

A fantastic activist by the name of Adam Quirk has a pretty awesome plan to make BP regret their lax safety regulations that caused this disaster: he's staging a flash mob to make at least one day of their lives a living, noisy Hell.

"BP is not feeling the pain they are causing in the Gulf. BP is spending millions on PR. In order to put a bit of public pressure on them, we plan to buy 100 vuvuzelas and hire 100 vuvuzela players off Craigslist to play in front of BP's International Headquarters in London for a one-day flash mob."

Quirk confesses that he knows a single day of protest won't make a direct difference, but it may point the media's attention toward the oil company just that much more. And, of course, he hopes that the volunteers will stay longer than one day.

I think Adam Quirk is my new hero!

6 comments:

  1. As a Floridian, you cannot imagine how upset I am over this. It's affecting not only our neighbors in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, but now it's affecting Pensacola. Our economy here is largely tourist driven, so it's not just the poor fisherman (though I certainly have immense pity on them, too).

    I think it also helps to keep pressure on Congress and the White House to do things to help. If you really want to be upset, Jen, go to Tattered Hydrangeas (link on my sidebar) and follow the link that Lou Cinda has to another blogger who is staying on top of the cleanup. Call the White House and call your congressmen and ours! That's one way to help.

    I was thinking about BP the other day. While I hate what has happened and place the blame on them (particularly for not having an emergency plan in place that would have stopped this at the gate), I feel bad for the little mom and pop gas stations that you know must be feeling the hurt. The big guys have messed it up for everyone all the way down the food chain. I'm at a loss to know what the best thing to do is, but I want to see miles of protective barrier placed around the state of Florida. Our coastlines are us! They have it, and they need to use it! They also need to let other countries with cleaning ships come in and help us clean this mess up! There's a lot about that which I won't talk about here, but I am pressing them to do something QUICKLY and not put these people through so much red tape!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  2. One thing that I'd like to say is that I realize that the individual mom & pop gas stations are going to suffer greatly. People often misplace their frustration and anger, and all of these people who plan on boycotting BP are really just going to hurt small business owners. It's very sad.

    We were just having a discussion over here the other day about the effect this disaster is going to have on tourism. I highly encourage people to keep their vacation plans! If nothing else, you'll know that you're helping keep communities afloat with your tourism, and witnessing firsthand an event which may very well affect your children's children.

    I've had a project in the works for a couple of years that was inspired by the devastation caused by Katrina. I've finally decided to move forward with the project, and this BP disaster was the catalyst.

    There are so many little ways that we as individuals can help. Every voice counts.

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  3. I avoid paying too much attention to the news because whenever I hear about what's going on in the world I start getting really depressed. The oil gush has me avoiding the news more than anything ever has before--it's so depressing that they only care about their profits. That being said, I love the vuvuzela idea. It might fall under war crimes/cruel and unusual punishment, but hey, they deserve it!

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  4. It just makes me sick. I really hope someone will handle this soon!!!

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  5. Whilst I'm devastated at what happened, BP have done more than any other oil company have in the past when it comes to oil spills. 20 Billion in donations is still 20 billion more than any US company gave to British coastlines after oil spills they were clearly responsible for so they are proactive in that sense. I'm no supporter of oil as fuel nor am I trying to stick up for them but this really was a tragic accident unless further investigations provide evidence against this.

    BP care about profits because it has a knock on effect on other economies, the US included. It's sad but true

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