BP Oil Disaster: Turning the Gulf Green

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One year ago today, the worst environmental disaster in American history struck-- the BP Oil Spill not only rocked our world, it also destroyed lives, ecosystems, and a regional economy in the Gulf Coast.

With help from our supporters, Global Green responded to provide on the ground relief for victims of the tragedy, shine the light on impacted communities, and vocally called for a clean energy future for the Gulf. As one of the few national organizations spearheading the creation of a sustainable New Orleans and Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, we went to work.

But with too little action from Congress and the White House in the year since the tragedy, so much more needs to be done.

Since April 20th, thanks to numerous supporters, Global Green has helped thousands of people impacted by the disaster. One such family was a disabled husband and wife living in Terrebonne Parish near the city of Houma. They lived on a very limited income and were desperately in need of food assistance after they could no longer make a living shrimping. In addition to providing emergency food aid, Global Green also supported families with utility bill assistance, mental health counseling, community dinners and provided much needed school uniforms to fishermen families and others who suffered from losing their income due to the spill.

blog_sophia_austin_grandisleWhile not traditional ways for an environmental group to help, people were in need of help.

Here are some of the additional ways your support allowed Global Green to respond to the oil disaster:

•Partnered with Bayou Grace, Voice of the Wetlands and Episcopal Community Services to provide over $10,000 worth of basic food aid in Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and elsewhere.

•Sponsored grassroots balloon mapping trips throughout Gulf Coast in conjunction with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to locate oil sites via GIS and online tools.

•Organized and documented residents in Grand Isle to raise their voices and concerns to help raise awareness and compel action to clean up the BP Oil Spill.

•Helped to lead a state and federal advocacy campaign to ensure that citizens have a voice in coastal restoration decisions and that future oil drilling is safer for workers and protects the environment.

•Led delegations of Global Green supporters, including Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Rhona Mitra and others to witness the impacts of the oilspill firsthand, meet with local political leaders and families in distress and help communicate the disaster to the media and the general public.

•Organized a New Orleans based rally with the Sierra Club to highlight the plight of the fishing community and environmental and wildlife disaster.

•Organized one of the first protest actions of fishermen and environmentalists on Grand Isle just days before the oil spill hit the shore.

•Developed a partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA to secure additional staffmembers to support Global Green’s ongoing sustainability efforts in the Gulf region.

SanFranciscoWeb.JPG•Co-Sponsored a national Voice of the Wetlands All Stars Tour & PSA campaign to raise awareness and support of the need to invest in the protection of coastal wetlands resources devastated by Katrina, oil spill and ongoing development pressures.

•Called for BP penalties to go directly to repair coastal damage and for an additional $2.5 billion investment in an independent Clean Energy Foundation for the Gulf to create a sustainable economic base for the region.

These are just a few of the initiatives that Global Green has spearheaded in the wake of the oil spill, but there's so much more to be done. Families throughout the Gulf remain saddled with the economic and environmental costs of the spill and our nation’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels is greater than ever.

Help make clean energy a vibrant part of the Gulf Coast's future, and help truly restore the region. DONATE NOW.

Click to send a message to President Obama to demand funds from the BP fines and settlement help restore the Gulf Coast, including via a regional foundation to help the hard working Americans of the region lead the way toward a clean energy future.

Thank you for all you do for Global Green and our environment.