About 25 people from Portola Valley and nearby communities showed up. They formed a standing circle and took turns sharing concerns.
"If we could just live a little more prudently and responsibly," Ms. Breen said, and recommended that people do more to conserve energy personally, including drying their clothes on a clothes line.
Ms. Breen's daughter Tenley read off statistics from the oil disaster, including a report of 238 dead sea turtles and a grave threat to nesting brown pelicans and their annual production of 100,000 chicks. She also noted a serious threat to sperm whales in the Gulf.
"From dogcatcher on up, everybody's bought and sold. It's ridiculous," said Elizabeth Feinler of Menlo Park, expressing outrage toward the oil industry and politicians. "I think that (issue) should be job one. If we get something to happen there, it trickles down to everywhere."