dabhug: (Default)
With the oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is mobilizing volunteers to help with the clean up and recovery efforts.

June 11-17, Borders will donate a portion of their sales* (up to $50,000) to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.  Your purchases will help CRCL fund this vital effort.

To help, click here to print the voucher and present it with your purchase at any Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks store.  At Borders.com, use promo code CRCL6114B.
dabhug: (bff in bfe louisiana)
Dear Volunteers,
The current NOAA trajectory maps predict the movement of oil along the Louisiana coast to the Atchafalaya Bay over the next 72 hours. These trajectories are based on weather patterns and gulf currents.  This trajectory could impact some of our beloved barrier islands and thousands of more acres of wetlands. Working with BP, GRIT has identified sites that would be safe and accessible for clean-up prior to the impact of oil. Debris and trash that collects on our shorelines can potentially get covered in oil and make the clean-up of these natural areas even more complicated. We are coordinating our first beach clean-up for this Saturday, so sign up to volunteer for this event.
Beach Clean-Up in Lower Jefferson Parish
Saturday, May 15, 2010
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Volunteers MUST register online at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/316/mtglist.asp?formid=event for the Beach Clean-Up in Lower Jefferson Parish Event. Unregistered volunteers will not be accepted. The event is limited to 100 volunteers, so REGISTER TO HELP TODAY!
During the Beach Clean-Up event on May 15th, GRIT and BP will provide:
·         All required equipment, including gloves, trash bags, shovels, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.
·         Food and refreshments to all volunteers
·         Disposal for the trash collected
·         First aid kits and a first responder on site
·         A 30-minute safety lesson prior to the day’s activities
BP requires that all volunteers must be 21 years or older. The project site is located in Lower Jefferson Parish, approximately 2 hours from New Orleans. This is a single day event. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the project site. Volunteers will be emailed details about the event and what to bring/wear, including the exact location, once they are registered.  
BP and GRIT are organizing events to ensure the safety and well-being of the volunteers, as well as the wildlife and natural areas.  It is required that volunteers participate in an organized event at an approved location and do not attempt to access natural areas on their own. Many areas are privately-owned, are undergoing construction activities, or have nesting wildlife, so coordination with GRIT and BP is imperative to a safe event. Please do not attempt to engage in volunteer activities on your own.
If you are not able to volunteer for this event, please consider making a financial donation to help GRIT to provide additional opportunities in the future. Clickhere to donate.
Gulf Response Involvement Team
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy
dabhug: (Default)

Thank you, Ms. Maddow, for getting it. 

This fragile stretch of our country being ripped apart again just as the wounds of the last disaster were beginning to heal here, that of course was hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the bureau islands of the coast here and leveled much of Venice, Louisiana where I‘m sitting tonight.  That was 2005.  Here we are again in 2010.  If there‘s a unifying truth in this state, in this region, it is that the wetlands are the only means of survival.  Nobody argues the points.  Republicans, Democrats, nobody argues this point. The wetlands are to the Gulf Coast, what bumpers and crumple zones are to cars.  It‘s a buffer against the impact, an absorber of destructive energy, a giant protector against disasters.  Wetlands slow and weaken hurricanes before they reach places like New Orleans.  They support wildlife, they support human economy.  They are incredibly, incredibly fragile and they have to be preserved if they are going to preserve us.  The marshes were built by nature over thousands of years, built by the Mississippi River‘s floods which left sediment in fresh water.  That pushed the edge of the continent out into the Gulf of Mexico by as much as 100 miles.  But since the 1950s, the pursuit of profit has forced 8,000 miles of marshes to yield to manmade canals.  Essentially, to make oil exploration and shipping easier.  It‘s estimated that the state of Louisiana loses 25 square miles of wetlands every year.  If we were losing that much land to another country, we would be at war.  America has a choice to make about the state of Louisiana.  Is Louisiana part of our country or it is not? 

Because if Louisiana is part of America, then the American people and the American government have to begin to defend Louisiana against American greed, and multinational greed.  Because yes, legally it‘s the job of BP, the oil company to clean up this disaster that looms over this wetlands behind me right now. But who among us believes that any company really wants to defend America, as much as we as a nation want to defend us?  The gains sucked out of the sea bed here are private, it‘s profit, it supersedes to these pesky little regulatory bodies called countries, but the risk here, again, the risk here as always isn‘t private.  It‘s public, it‘s national, it‘s American.  It‘s borne by Louisiana again, literally borne by land here and by the people here.  The incentives line up neatly for the companies who profit upon natural resources here to take what they can and damn the consequences. For us as a country, if we believe in Louisiana, somebody‘s got to stand up against those companies on behalf of the public, the land, the people, the country.

dabhug: (bff in bfe louisiana)
Huge list of resources and volunteer hotlines at NOAA. Updated daily.

According to out-totheblack, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is calling for volunteers.  The website seems to be getting lots of traffic so if you can't connect, try back.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/ Updated regularly with news



Louisiana's Response Efforts 

Commentary by Poppy Z. Brite

How You Can Help Louisiana's Recovery from the Gulf Oil Spill - Blog from the Environmental Defense Fund

Disclaimer: Opinions or beliefs included in the above links are not a commentary on my own opinions or beliefs.  Just take the info and do with it what you will.  I will never get over the stupidity that is rampant on the internet.

I haven't found any stories of Proctor and Gamble donating 55 gallon drums of Dawn dishwashing liquid or Ford donating trucks or whathaveyou.  Most of the response seems to be by the Navy, the Coast Guard, BP and TransOceanic and volunteers.  I also haven't found any organizations taking donations specific to this cause.  If any of you do, please let me know and I'll update the post.

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