Good Deed Of The Day: Knit Sweaters For Penguins

Knitting for a great cause. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the tuxedo-ed masses will be cleaned up before sweaters from American or European knitters could arrive (at least, let’s hope they are!) but given the poor environmental history of most oil companies knitters could probably make up a few sweaters to have on hand for the next spill (you know there will be one).


Ladies and gentlemen, start your knitting, because there are penguins in dire need of sweaters.

While penguins in sweaters may be the stuff of which viral internet dreams are made, it’s time to put the awwws aside, because these sweaters may truly save the lives of the little birds.

The idea of penguins wearing sweaters may give pause to global warming activists, but the reason behind the penguins’ need for knitwear is due to a massive oil spill in New Zealand. On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground there, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith described the oil spill as the nation’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster,” which has killed thousands of sea birds, including some of the country’s native blue penguin population.

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As volunteers work to save the…

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