Bummed About the BP Oil Spill? Pledge For a Weekend Without Oil

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Federal scientists say that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest accidental release of oil into marine waters, but while many cleanup efforts are in place, one of the best ways to make a difference is to reduce our consumption of oil.

That's why our friends at Do Something are asking you to make your pledge for their Weekend Without Oil campaign.

The United States is the largest consumer country of oil in the world, but many Americans are unaware of how much of it is used in everyday life. Transportation vehicles like cars, trains and planes account for 40 percent of U.S. petroleum consumption, but oil is also used to make rubber, plastic and even DVDs - bet you didn't know that.

By signing the pledge for the Weekend Without Oil, you'll be promising to be conscious of your actions from August 21-22. Just by walking or riding your bike; not buying new sports equipment, makeup or electronics; and using reusable bags and aluminum water bottles, you could offset six gallons of oil in just two days. Isn't that amazing?

Read about more ways to reduce your personal oil consumption, and sign the pledge at WeekendWithoutOil.org. And you don't have to wait until next week -- you can start making a difference today. Need more inspiration? Check out this PSA with the awesome cast of MTV's The Buried Life below.

JSYK's original post on the oil spill had a record-number of comments. We want to see that same level of discussion here. Post a comment on what you think about BP since the leak has stopped, what you think about Weekend Without Oil and if you plan to join. Has the spill changed any of your summer plans? We want to hear your stories.

And don't forget to share this article on Facebook and get your friends to sign up too.



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