Posts Tagged ‘gulf oil spill’

What He Said: Attorney General on BP Criminal Charge

April 24th, 2012

speech_bubble_blank_quotes“The Deepwater Horizon Task Force is continuing its investigation into the explosion and will hold accountable those who violated the law in connection with the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history,” said Attorney General Eric Holder after The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against a BP engineer for allegedly deleting text messages to hide the extent of the oil spill.

Global Green Weekly Rewind: Dec. 12-18

December 19th, 2011

bl_restore_the_gulfStories we’re still talking about from last week:

We joined our friends at the the Restore the Mississippi River Delta to offer online support for the campaign urging Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to support the RESTORE Act, which will assure that BP oil spill penalties go to help restore the Gulf Coast. (Blog post)…. Meanwhile, BP has a new license to drill. (Mother Jones story)

At Jerry Brown’s Governor’s Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California’s Future, our CEO Matt Petersen had a lively conversation with Arnold Schwarzenegger on “Perspectives on California’s Leadership on Climate Change.” (Post, with video link)

Hoorah for Hollywood: Green-themed documentaries are among those on the Oscar shortlist (Ecorazzi story). On the topic, here is a list of films about the environment recommended by our staff.

We set $50,000 as our end-of-year goal in appealing to supporters for funds to help us continue our work. (Thank you in advance for all you can do!)

Happy National Philanthropy Day from New Orleans!

November 15th, 2010

Today is the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day, a day set aside by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to recognize the contributions that philanthropy and philanthropists make to our communities and the world. According to AFP, Americans give more than $300 billion annually to charitable causes like Global Green. With this support, the quality of life for millions of people and thousands of communities have been improved in many aspects, from education, healthcare and the arts to sustainability and community revitalization. In celebration of our donors on National Philanthropy Day, we here at the New Orleans office wanted to take a moment to say a special THANK YOU to all of our generous donors who allow us to continue our efforts improving the lives of New Orleanians and Gulf Coast residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. » Read more: Happy National Philanthropy Day from New Orleans!

Declaring Energy Independence — Citizens of New Orleans and Gulf Coast Respond to BP Oil Spill

July 1st, 2010

Declaration_Header2While fireworks, fun, and family punctuate our annual 4th of July celebrations, it is sometimes easy to forget that the 4th of July commemorates America’s declaration of independence. Our nation’s founders signed the Declaration of Independence to escape the tyranny of Britain and establish our citizens’ inalienable right: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

However as we celebrate this declaration, the BP oil spill continues to not only threatens the delicate ecosystems, beaches, communities, and economies of the Gulf Coast, it threatens these inalienable rights as well. It is we the people — as citizens, and not just consumers — that have the true power, but only if we exercise our responsibility as citizens of this great nation. To do so, we must come forth and engage in our communities, in the civic fabric of our nation, and not just allow ourselves to be defined as consumers. In times of crisis, we must come together — as a family of American citizens — and speak loud enough to make ourselves heard.

On July 2 in New Orleans, Global Green and the Green Collaborative — a group of more than 65 organizations and businesses from NOLA and the Gulf Coast — will release a new Declaration of Energy Independence.

» Read more: Declaring Energy Independence — Citizens of New Orleans and Gulf Coast Respond to BP Oil Spill

More about Global Green in Grand Isle, Louisiana

June 27th, 2010
the team on the dock in Grand Isle

the team on the dock in Grand Isle

On the longest day of the year, topping out at 95 degrees with a heat index well over 100 degrees, a team from Global Green made their way to the Louisana coast at Grand Isle.  “One Tree Hill” actors Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols joined the group, which included Global Green CEO Matt Petersen, Global Green New Orleans Director Beth Galante, Global Green “Build It Back Green” Program Manager Camille Lopez, Global Green AmeriCorps VISTA Becki Chall, local fisherwoman and activist Margaret Curole, writer Justine Musk, and other guests.

The actors’ commitment to environmentalism and passion for saving the coast brought them on this journey with Global Green, and they wanted to see with their own eyes what the oil spill was doing to communities in Louisiana, in order to learn how they could help.

» Read more: More about Global Green in Grand Isle, Louisiana

BP Oil Spill Police State? Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols Join Us On Grand Isle (VIDEO)

June 25th, 2010

On Monday, I toured the waters off Grand Isle and their beaches with a group who came ready learn more about the spill, and to help the community which is reeling from the BP Oil Spill. Joining me were the actors Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols, writer Justine Musk, and Global Green’s Beth Galante and Camille Lopez.

Unfortunately, the fears I wrote about in my last post were affirmed – it was essentially a police state on the beaches of Grand Isle. We wanted to help in the efforts to clean up the spill, and find out how other volunteers can help as well.

We spent the morning touring the waters off Grand Isle, seeing the oil splashing up against the rocks of the bird sanctuary. Watching the oil gathering, and floating in patches everywhere. While on the water, the Coast Guard came for a closer inspection of what we were doing.

Later, we went to the beach to see first hand what was happening with the clean up, and see how we can help.

As I placed my foot on the BP-created sand berm separating us from the BP-placed tiger boom on this public beach, I immediately heard a siren (if you closely watch the video below you can see my placing my foot on the berm and hear the sirens). Looking to my left, I saw two ATV’s racing toward me with flashing lights. I expected the BP security guards I had heard about.

» Read more: BP Oil Spill Police State? Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols Join Us On Grand Isle (VIDEO)

Ask President Obama to Help Hard-Working Gulf Coast Residents Toward a Cleaner, Greener Future

June 20th, 2010

4725020167_ac52f54bbf_mSomewhere in the Air, USA — I am on the way down to the Gulf Coast as I write (Delta has wifi!) to go out on the water in the Gulf tomorrow, and attempt to help clean up the Louisiana beaches impacted by the BP oil spill.

Joining us on the trip are Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols of One Tree Hill, the TV show. While they have the amazing ability to get nearly 20,000 twitter followers (@SophiaBush, @AUS10NICHOLS) in just a few days, they are just like many of us — angry about the spill, and wanting to help.

» Read more: Ask President Obama to Help Hard-Working Gulf Coast Residents Toward a Cleaner, Greener Future

12 Steps Toward an Oil Change – Actions You Can Take in Response to the BP Oil Spill

June 18th, 2010

Write a Letter to the President: Send our letter asking the President to make sure BP’s fines includes a fund to create a greener, cleaner future for the Gulf

Drive Less: Combine trips, drive a vehicle with better gas mileage, take public transportation, carpool with friends and neighbors, walk or bike instead, find shorter routes, or even just skip a trip.

Keep your car in good running order: Keep tires properly inflated, get regular oil changes, investigate problems when they’re small. If your car is not running right, chances are, it will use more gas.

Say No to Plastic: Plastic is made from petroleum. Use your own canvas bags, reusable water bottles, and try to buy as many things as possible in aluminum and glass, or paper. Why store food in plastic when you can store it in glass?

» Read more: 12 Steps Toward an Oil Change – Actions You Can Take in Response to the BP Oil Spill

Mr. President, BP’s Fines Should Also Fund Foundation To Help Hard-working Gulf Coast Residents Toward a Cleaner, Greener Future

June 15th, 2010

Mr. President, we need you to lead in creating a clean energy future for this nation that starts with energy and fuel efficiency, advances renewable energy, puts a price on the pollution created from fossil fuels, and ends subsidies of oil, gas, and coal. We also need you to hold BP accountable for the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history.

Mr. President, in addition to full restitution for the impact of the oil spill to the jobs lost, impact to ecosystems, and restoration of all the devastation wrought by the BP Oil Spill, we must also ensure a lasting legacy for a cleaner, greener future.

Mr. President, when you address the nation tonight, Let’s transform the Gulf Coast, to the Green Coast, and help the region lead America off our addiction to cheap oil.

» Read more: Mr. President, BP’s Fines Should Also Fund Foundation To Help Hard-working Gulf Coast Residents Toward a Cleaner, Greener Future

Uncertainty Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast (PHOTOS)

June 10th, 2010

Trip-1-E-1024x768Last week, I co-led my first mapping trip with volunteers from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. If you aren’t familiar with the project, more information about it is available at

Using basic technology, volunteers, like myself, have begun an intensive effort to collect high-resolution photographs of Gulf Coast beaches using hand-held digital cameras, kites, and weather balloons in order to track the impact of the oil spill along the Gulf Coast. As you can see from the photos that follow, our approach is pretty low-tech, but once the photos that result are digitally stitched together, they provide a great overview of the coast, and are high-resolution enough to distinguish individual animals.

» Read more: Uncertainty Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast (PHOTOS)