Archive for April, 2010


Burning the Ocean

April 30, 2010

The Blue-eyed Bear can only cry!

At the writing of this post the oily ooze is coming ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Of the BP spill, David Kennedy an official at NOAA said “I’m frightened. Its very very big and the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it are just mind boggling”. They say it may be a worse spill then the Exxon Valdez. The BE Bear thinks it will be the Valdez and Katrina/Rita rolled into one and it will make the Gulf Coast a dead zone for years to come. Especially if the well can’t be shut off for months.

The response by BP and the Government was of course inadequate. And it will always be so, until  humans get it in their heads that they and all life are connected and that what happens 20 or 30 or 100 miles off-shore is as if it is in their own backyard. The Ocean can no longer be considered “other” and used as receptacle for human waste.  The Blue-eyed Bear demands that all world governments work together to clean the oceans. They can start by removing the trash rafts in the Atlantic and Pacific and then work to diminish dead zones. The Government (the people)  need to be on the spot when things go amiss and demand the strictest safety procedures and most stringent clean up measures.

But for now, at this moment, as birds and fish and shrimp and oysters and turtles and sea mammals begin to die a great cry goes up in recognition of enormous suffering! Lord their burning the Ocean! What must they do next to stave off their destruction?!


18,000 Square Miles

April 28, 2010

Oily Ocean, the Blue-Eyed Bear’s worst nightmare!

As of today the 27th of April the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been reported as covering 18,000 square miles and growing. Seen from space, it is expected to hit the coast of Louisiana and West Florida this Thursday of Friday. What a tragedy!! The Blue-eyed Bear is not in Gulf waters, but she can imagine what its like for all the fish, and porpoises, and whales, and sea turtles, and squid, and any creature who lives in the deep ocean to be covered with oil. Once again Americans/humans make their choices and  seem little concerned until the mess they make hits them where they live and give birth.

The BE Bear sees this tragedy as a precursor of what could happen in her birth place, that is the coastal plain of  ANWR the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, if oil drilling is allowed on that section of the north slope. Oil Companies drone on about how safe is their drilling technology. But all it takes is one drunken sailor (Exxon Valdez) or one ship to sink (Great Barrier Reef ) and an environment is ruined for decades, if it is not sullied forever. Modernity is coming at to high a price and it has nothing to do with health care. Maybe Americans need to rethink their coastal drilling policies. Nay, they won’t give up their SUVs and supersize trucks and computers. The BE Bear can only cry! What will happen to all the birds when this oil reaches the shore. What of the lives of the Spoonbill and the Ibis and the Anhinga.


First Adventure, On the Mall

April 23, 2010

The Blue-eyed Bear’s first adventure after leaving the Arctic was going to Washington DC to see the inauguration of a new US President. Her hope was to urge the President to cool the Earth. It was pretty cold in Washington that January, but it seems things have been getting hotter ever since. The Bear still sees this President as the only hope for the planet. Otherwise, certain very loud Americans who are selfish enough to suggest that the wild place the Bear was born is nothing but a wasteland may prevail. And the Bear will certainly have no home with them.

Americans are a strange species. The Bear has heard that some Americans will not eat fish or other sea creatures because they think that fish swim in their own excrement. Well, the Bear sees Americans breathing in their own polluting excrement all the time and so has vowed not to eat them or any other  humans! Unless of course she is forced to do so through starvation.


Happy Earth Day 2010

April 22, 2010

Earth Day is Everyday so Love Your Mother!


Sea Bear

April 5, 2010

Traveling with Friends

The blue-eyed bear relies on orca friends to travel across the oceans. Orca live in all the world oceans from the arctic to the tropics so they are perfect means of conveyance for the bear. Orca are the top predators of the oceans, just as the bear is also top predator on land and ice. Together they become the Sea Bear a mythic figure for some North American, Northwest coast Native Nations. As the adventures of the blue-eyed bear progress, she relies on the orca to move from continent to continent in search of home. One of the first places the bear had the orca drop her after leaving the arctic was east coast of the United States and that is another story!