Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli penned an opinion piece today for the Atlanta Journal Constitution , writing about his visit to the Gulf Coast to see the BP oil spill devastation with his own eyes.
He was shocked when he landed in that oil-soaked region.
From his well-written piece:
If we’re all supposed to be responsible citizens — athletes or whatever your profession may be — we are not doing our job right now.
We are destroying our planet and hurting our children’s future through our addiction to fossil fuels.
That thought crossed my mind again and again as I took a boat tour of the Gulf Coast last week with other athletes from the NHL and NFL.
I saw oil-soaked pelicans trying to fly, Dolphins surfacing in oil-covered water, and wetlands with several inches of sticky, tarry oil all over.
I talked to fishermen whose livelihoods are now gone because of the BP oil disaster.
Mughelli admits that he, once upon a time, didn’t think much about his environment in those terms. He didn’t ponder how to keep the planet healthy. It wasn’t until he had a daughter of his own that those thoughts began to trickle into his mind. Now, he calls upon the president to help fix our nation’s dependency on oil.
If you follow the news and have the slightest bit of interest in environmental issues, Mughelli isn’t really breaking any new ground here. But for an athlete to be aware of issues – and to actually use his platform to try to help – that’s a pretty decent start.
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