Two Years After the Spill: Much Accomplished, Much to Do

April 19th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

NASA's Terra Satellites Sees Spill on May 24, 2010

April 20, 2010, began as an ordinary day for residents of the Gulf Coast. Fishermen woke up early to head out for the daily catch, and news outlets reported on the perils of the U.S. economy. Outside, the skies were overcast with temperatures in the high 60s, standard conditions before summer’s suffocating humidity settled in. But by the end of the day that began as so ordinary, the lives of Gulf residents would be changed forever.

An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that day killed 11 workers and injured dozens more, and the spill caused approximately 5 million gallons of crude oil to gush into precious underwater ecosystems and vital fishing areas by the time the leak was stopped in July. The more we learned about the disaster, the more we mourned for the human, environmental, economic, and cultural devastation the region would experience. But as people of faith, called to care both for God’s creation and for our brethren in need, we were inspired to respond immediately to the disaster.

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Movie Night for the Gulf

July 13th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Looking for a fun way to engage your community in Gulf Coast restoration but don’t have the time and money to travel to the Gulf? Our friends at Gulf Restoration Network have an idea for you – host a movie night for the Gulf! “Defend the Gulf” screenings are a fun and easy way to help protect and restore the Gulf, and remind the public that the impacts of the oil and chemical dispersant continue to be felt by Gulf communities and ecosystems.

Your synagogue, church or mosque could be a great site for a screening and you can even feature a speaker or letter-writing campaign following the film. Events should be held from August 8 – September 5, while Congress is home for the summer recess and Members have an eye on what is going on in the local community. Show your Senators and Representatives that Gulf restoration is a priority for people of faith across the country!

When you sign up to host a screening, you’ll receive a host packet with a DVD, fact sheets and post cards and a petition to Congress. You’ll also get raffle tickets and prizes! This summer is a critical window for passing legislation to protect and restore the Gulf, and people across the country must stand up and raise their voices to move these efforts forward. Visit Gulf Restoration Network’s site to  sign up as a screening host, and receive the support you need to make your event a success.

Gulf Future: A Unified Action Plan for a Healthy Gulf

April 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized |

The oil spill has passed, and with it, much of the media and public attention to the events of one year ago. Now it’s time to look forward to the future for the Gulf. That’s why I’m excited that our friends at the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) and dozens of Gulf partners have come together to launch Gulf Future: A Unified Action Plan for a Healthy Gulf.

Here’s more from Dan Favre of GRN in his post: Gulf Future: A Unified Action Plan for a Healthy Gulf
originally posted on the Gulf Restoration Network blog on April 20, 2011

Today, thirty-six organizations unveiled a collaborative effort called Gulf Future: A Unified Action Plan for A Healthy Gulf. The diverse group is made up of fishermen, faith leaders, environmentalists, clean-up workers, and residents who live, work, and play on the Gulf Coast.  The organizations come from all five Gulf Coast states and represent culturally and racially diverse communities.

Divided into four areas of concern – marine restoration and resiliency, coastal restoration and resiliency, community recovery and resiliency, and public health – the Gulf Future action plan expresses immediate goals, including specific demands of Congress, federal agencies, and the Obama administration for a healthy and whole Gulf Coast.

Download the Gulf Future Action Plan or check out www.gulffuture.org for more.

Methodists Celebrate Earth Sunday

April 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized |

by Samuel Ahn, Economic & Environmental Justice, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
(learn more on the UMC-GBCS Earth Day Resource Page)

This entry is part of our interfaith series of reflections and calls to action around the one year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill disaster. Find resources to commemorate the memorial in your own community here.

April presents a unique opportunity for all who have a deep concern for God’s Creation. It is especially poignant for those in the Christian tradition. For Christians, the period of Holy Week this year brings not only the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, but also an opportunity for Christians to celebrate the Festival of God’s Creation/Earth Day Sunday. As a matter of fact, Earth Day Sunday, typically celebrated the first Sunday after Earth Day, falls on Easter Sunday, April 24.

Easter Sunday is also the first Sunday after the first anniversary of the Gulf Coast oil disaster. The long, painful drama of summer 2010 began with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, the death of 11 persons, and the subsequent sinking of the entire rig on April 22, 2010.

This juxtaposition of a celebration of resurrection against a remembrance of death and destruction presents an opportunity for congregations. It is important to recognize the importance of Easter and what it means for our Christian faith. But, we cannot ignore the implications of our actions on the lives of our brothers and sisters, as well as on God’s good Creation. (more…)

Remembrance of the Gulf Oil Spill

April 20th, 2011 | Uncategorized |

by the Advocacy Ministries of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
originally posted on Voices for Change

This entry is part of our interfaith series of reflections and calls to action around the one year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill disaster. Find resources to commemorate the memorial in your own community here.

This week, as we pause to remember Christ’s death on the cross and the redemption and hope of the risen Christ on Easter Sunday, we also mark another anniversary.

On April 20, 2010 an oil explosion killed 11 people in the Gulf of Mexico and erupted into one of the worst man-made disasters our nation has ever faced.  By the time British Petroleum (BP) managed to cap the oil well located below the Deepwater Horizon rig, more than four million barrels of oil had gushed into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tips for Dealing with the Gulf Oil Spill

November 18th, 2010 | Uncategorized |

Looking for help dealing with the Gulf Oil Spill as it affects the mental health of those living in the Gulf Coast region? The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has put together a series of tip sheets on issues surrounding the oil spill, like “Talking to Children and Youth About the Oil Spill Disaster,” “Tops for Coping With the Oil Disaster,” “Tips for Dealing With Your Grief Due to the Oil Spill Disaster” and more. (more…)

Five Ways to Get Involved in Gulf Coast Restoration

October 11th, 2010 | Uncategorized |

As the six-month anniversary of the BP oil spill disaster approaches, the need for resources to meet the human needs across the Gulf Coast is as great as ever, even as media and public attention wanes. Now is the time for our communities to engage in partnership with local faith and non-profit organizations in long-term, sustainable Gulf Coast restoration.

We’ve compiled a list of ways you and your community can get involved with Gulf Coast restoration and rebuilding. Check out the PDF below – print it out, email it around, and distribute it widely! (more…)

Day of Prayer for the Gulf: Shabbat Noah

October 6th, 2010 | Uncategorized |

Shabbat Noah: October 8-9
This year on Shabbat Noah, when Jewish communities worldwide read the Torah portion about the Flood, the Ark, the Rainbow and the Covenant, synagogues will celebrate an environmental Shabbat in response to the Gulf oil spill crisis and our ongoing climate and energy challenges. The Religious Action Center and partners throughout the community have created resources to help congregations commemorate Shabbat Noah.