I have written about this more extensively elsewhere, describing the background to how my wife has been writing about endangered wildlife in a series of articles for the the Endangered Species Coalition.
She has been writing about the animals and birds that have been and continue to be at risk because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
There is a double threat to their survival because not only have they are their food sources been covered in oil, but it is also the breeding season.
I believe in the redemptive power of people and of the Earth, but that doesn’t mean that everything survives.
The Alabama beach mouse, to take one of the endangered animals, has survived threats from building expansion. Thanks to steps that were taken to protect its habitat, it was doing well.
It makes a little plug of sand to close the entrance to its burrow. Then came the oil from the spill in the Gulf. I can just imagine it working like crazy to keep itself and its family safe.
When I think of the oil executives talking as though they were living high above ground in some ethereal space where a balance sheet smoothes everything out and reduces little problems like a mouse to something less….