Jacques Cousteau was an ocean pioneer. He inspired people around the globe through his explorations, bringing the underwater world to our homes. A devout marine conservationist, he long ago warned of the coming issues our oceans would face.
This year Jacques Yves Cousteau would have turned 100.
Around the world stories are told of growing up with Cousteau. His stories, TV shows, and written words are a part of all of us. His legacy and work have formed a collective heritage that we all share. It is through each of us that it will live on.
The Citizen Effect Gulf Mission team sat down yesterday with Natalie A. Jayroe, president and CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans (serving 23 south Louisiana parishes). Our ongoing goal remains finding an actionable way for Americans to take positive mindful ways to act in the wake of the Deep Horizon disaster.
Jayroe told us her view of how the fishing families of Louisiana have been affected by the oil spill. The following post is based from that conversation.
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This past week the TEDx Oil Spill Expedition team spent time in the Southern states that line the Gulf of the Mexico documenting the disaster that is slowly unfolding in Gulf waters. Exactly two months ago the Deepwater Horizon oil well owned by British Petroleum sprung a terrible leak thousands of miles under the water's surface. The oil well has been leaking an estimated 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf on a daily basis, with little to no stopping it . This catastrophe has effected so many areas of the Gulf Coast, not just touching upon the beaches and devastating the fisherfolk communities but also displacing hundreds of birds from their homes. Overall the amount of damage is infuriating.
“From the air I could see 3000-5000 feet of black smoke… and what seemed like one fire was actually dozens of fires… recently heard a story of a captain who was rescuing sea turtles and realized that they were getting caught in the skimming nets that were being lit on fire.. the captain ended up checking up on the nets too much that BP let him go from his contract… the reality is that all kinds of wildlife are getting caught in the nets… and no one is getting them out before the burns.”
Clean energy advocates and activists joined hands at hundreds of events on Saturday, in a display of unity against off-shore oil drilling and hopefulness for a clean energy future. Hands Across the Sand is a movement that is "not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry."
BP's onslaught of ads claiming responsibility continue to drown our media pipes. Their online use of social media -- adamant broadcasted messaging on conversational media forms -- infuriates online citizens. But one person - Leroy "@BPGlobaPR" Stick - continues to lampoon BP's efforts, turning the despicable into the ridiculous.
The last few days have been a non-stop journey through the coastal area of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana Marshlands for the TEDx Oil Spill Expedition team. The team of photographers, videographer and writer have been exploring the land and the sky in order to understand the story of the Oil Crisis here in the Gulf. A couple thousands photos and multiple blog posts later, the team is gathering media coverage from a witnessing POV for the June 28th TEDx Oil Spill event in Washington, DC.
The PR battle has continues between Obama and BP. With the climax occurring today between BP top brass and Obama at the White House, another major danger continues to spread in the Gulf, BP's widespread use of Corexit toxic dispersants. More than 1,000,000 gallons has been deployed by BP in an effort to break up surface and underwater oil.
Nine of the 32 national teams in the World Cup are wearing state-of-the-art, lightweight jerseys made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottle
The recent Oil Spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has been on everyone's mind and media outlets for the past month. Between horrifying photos, misleading information and many failed attempts at stopping the gushing oil well, a growing national frustration has mounted into a direct collective responsibility that something has to be done.
For football (soccer) fans around the world, the FIFA World Cup - which takes place every four years - is the most anticipated event of all. This year, for the first time ever, the World Cup is taking place on the African continent, in cities across South Africa.
To celebrate the rich culture of Africa, the tournament is kicking off with a monumental celebration concert -- the first-ever FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert -- on Thursday June 10. The concert, will be broadcast live around the world from Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg at 8pm local time (6pm GMT / 2pm ET / 11am PT) at worldcup.vevo.com.
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California is one step closer to a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
Much has been made about BP's questionable advertising campaign, from President Obama's call out of the $50 million expenditure to ethical questions and search engine placements. Experiencing this inappropriate overspend on Facebook has been quite troublesome.
Known for its high costs and lagging efficiency, the solar energy field has been one to watch for many but one to take advantage of for very few. New innovations and incentives in the field however offer promise for many solar companies looking to establish themselves. One company that seems to have had little difficulty establishing itself is SolarEdge, a solar power harvesting solution provider based in Israel.
Last winter a movie called Avatar became the world's top grossing film ever with a plot line that saw a big company waging a war and destroying a world so it could mine a precious resource. Yet when we see the BP oil spill crisis, many people choose not to watch or turn a blind eye to the mass destruction of the Gulf of Mexico marine life. The connection cannot be underestimated, for like Avatar's world, people and the oceans are interconnected.
This Thursday, July 1st, artists, musicians and activists worldwide will unite to benefit those directly impacted by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Proceeds from all participating venues will be donated to The Gulf Restoration Network, a nonprofit committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.
Click here to watch video from the events.