Gulf Oil Spill Deepwater Horizon: A Child’s View

The Gulf Oil Spill

A Child’s View…With Nora

The Gulf Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon, has finally reached the Florida coastline.  Being a native Floridian, living near the coast this environmental crisis hits very close to home.  The President of the United States, Barak Obama, visited Florida last week to see the impact this disaster is having on our our coast, and afterwards addressed the nation from the oval office.  Once again, our region has been thrust into the international spot light as a result of this tragic event.

Kids seem to have an innocent and candid expression of how this crisis is filtering through their thoughts.  This week, my seven year old niece was visiting and began expressing her thoughts (unsolicited) about the oil spill.  As she talked I realized the impact this is having on the world as she understands it.  I asked her if she would be willing for me to video tape her sharing her thoughts with me.

She was very eager to do so because she “…wanted to try to help save the animals.”

She also knows I blog, and use videos on my site to speak to my readers and friends.  So, she asked me if I would show her video to my friends so that maybe they could get their kids to help too.

So, please take a moment and watch this video to see what Nora has to say about the Gulf Oil Spill from A Child’s View.

There you go folks!  The impact of the Gulf Oil Spill through the eyes of a seven year old. I think we have ourselves a future blogger and philanthropic entrepreneur on our hands here!  (She takes after me, of course…)  🙂

Since Nora gave her call to action to all kids in the nation to join her in donating to help the oil spill clean up efforts, I thought it only fitting that I provide a resource here for you to check out.  So, I’m sharing a link from Network for Good which provides a variety of organizations that you can donate to in order to help with the clean up efforts.

As a result of her love for animals, Nora’s primary concern was for the sea life and birds impacted by the tragedy, therefore she chose to donate to an organization assisting the animals threatened by the oil spill.(…and of course the beaches at St. George)  🙂


If you or your child would like to join her, visit Network for Good and find an organization that coincides with your primary concern and give to help minimize the damage as much as possible.

Wishing Success For the Clean Up Efforts!


  1. That was really lovely. Children tend to see the world completely unfiltered and they simply tell it like it is. We as adults could learn a thing or two.

    Thanks Krista and Nora!


  2. It all seems pretty childish to me, but I do remember reading this about children:

    “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18: 2-6).

    So maybe there’s something to all this childishness. You think?

  3. Wow…what a cutie! It’s awesome to see somebody so young speaking up for a cause. You must have had a tremendous influence on Nora!

    My kids will be joining in Nora’s footsteps by donating $3 each, and I urge everyone who sees this to have their kids do the same. Then be sure to promote this blog post and get the message out.

    Thanks Nora!!!

    • Kathy,
      Wow! Thank you!! You have made Nora’s day! She is very excited to know that other kids are joining her in the efforts…and thank you for sharing the post. Hope you guys stay safe in Tampa!

  4. Krista,

    So cute, simple, and profound. ‘Out of the mouth of babes.’

    Thank you for sharing (and thank you Nora!).

    Blessings to you both.


    • Dr. John,
      You rock my friend. Thanks for the kindness…and yes she is a cutie. I love the way children put things in perspective for us.

      Talk with you soon, my friend!

  5. Nora’s positive attitude is lovely .. my children (here in England) will enjoy watching Nora’s video.

    • Joanna,
      Thanks for sharing Nora’s video with your children. I really appreciate it (and so does she). 😉

  6. Nora is so cute! and what a wonderful testament to children everywhere that really do pay attention and care so much. They are our future…

    And I wish it never happened too.

  7. Krista & Nora

    Thank you for caring so much about the ocean, the little animals and the earth. It was so courageous of you to make your own video Nora! Nice to meet you Krista. I know I will learn a lot from you on your blog.

    Laura Morris

    • Laura,
      Thank you! Nora is definitely a shining star! I will be sure and share your kind words with her. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to connecting with you more!

  8. Aloha Krista,

    How precious to hear a child’s perspective and for her wonderful Aunty to capture her important message on video and allow others to be inspired by Nora.

    Please give Nora a big hug and tell her thank you for allowing us to see through her eyes and to know how much children care and that they can make a difference too!

    Kellie 🙂

    • Kellie,
      Will definitely do just that! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts…and being in Hawaii, I know you understand how important preserving the beauty of our beaches really is. Appreciate you!

  9. Krista and Nora,
    Thank you so much for this post. I think we have an obligation to take care of the environment and the world FOR the future generations like Nora’s. The video was very sweet and touching AND accurate.
    Thanks again,

    • Dr. Adam,
      Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for your kind words and support. I will be sure and share them with Nora. 🙂

  10. Krista & Nora,
    What a powerful post! Thanks so much for sharing your views on this subject Nora.

    Such an adult attitude for this. Nora definitely takes after her aunt.

    Thanks for sharing Krista & Nora,
    Val 🙂

    • Val,
      Warm hugs for your kind words. I will be sure to share them with Nora. She routinely asks me every day what the feedback has been on her video message. I will be most thrilled to share your words with her.

  11. Yeah..most of the news is surrounded by this spill and unfortunate the damage that comes with it. I had a friend donate her hair to the cause. thanks for sharing! Lani

    • Lani,
      Wow! That’s awesome that your friend donated her hair. Not sure I will share that with Nora though or she would be the next one in the chair. LOL!!!

  12. Oh, from the mouths of babes! What a wonderful and courageous young lady! Thanks so much for sharing, Krista!

    • Steve,
      My pleasure. After hearing her speak from her heart on this, I could not avoid sharing! Appreciate your support…and so does Nora. 🙂

  13. Children are the most honest of people, seeing life as it truly is rather than how it should be or was. I love that you stepped back from your primary focus of social media and technology to dedicate some time and space not only to Nora’s voice, but also to the impact of this tragic disaster. I am sad to hear that the oil has reached the Florida coast…the impact of this spill will not be known for years, but specialists speculate the damage will be far greater than anyone can imagine. We can only pray that through the good works of committed folks, the mess can be cleaned up in time.
    Thank you, Krista, for caring about kids and the environment.
    Mary Lou

    • Mary Lou,
      Thank you for your words of support. Kids are the best. In fact I have dedicated a large portion of my adult life being an advocate for children. Nora is very encouraged by everyone’s comments and Re-Tweets. Even at 7 she asks me what people are saying in the comments and who is sharing her message on twitter. I can see the excitement in her eyes when she hears that people are listening to her voice. She is a strong one, and I see her going great places in her future. You are right, we may not know for years what the lasting impact of this tragedy will be, but with voices like Nora’s hopefully we can recovery and impact change for the future.

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