I traveled to the Grand Isle for the first time this week, expecting to see a community of locals. The goal, along with fellow Washington, DC bloggers on CitizenEffect's Gulf Mission blogging trip, was to meet and learn from fishing families about the oil disaster - hoping to find ways to help out. Despite beaches being inaccessible due to disaster response, I assumed neighborhoods and eateries would still be active hubs for local folks we could talk to.
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.
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.
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."
Check out more videos and photos from the June 26th Hands Across the Sand events!