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Action Steps part two

So you’ve been sporting your new refillable water bottle and are feeling good about the Tofu Tuesdays you’ve been throwing with your roomies. Great! If you want to step up the things you could do to reduce your petroleum dependency, we’ve got five more items for you. These may require a bit more planning but can also go a long way in using less gas. So check out how you can kick it up a notch and continue to take your first steps in oil independence.

  • Drive less by Doing Park and Ride at your closest Marta Station. There are so many great things you get from using Marta. You get a bit of exercise from walking, you can catch up on reading, you can play with the new apps on your i-pad, or get early start on email during commute.
  • Slow Down!! each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents per gallon for gas. It’s good for your environment and your pocket.

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10 2010

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who shared their evening with us last Thursday at Georgia Tech!  I think the event came off really well, and we were happy with the content and the speaker presentations.  I hope the material was informative and thought provoking – we certainly worked very hard on the event elements and we wanted to provide as accurate a depiction of what we experienced as possible.

Special thanks to Molly and Chris from Students Organizing for Sustainability at Georgia Tech for co-hosting the event – you guys are awesome, and your team really helped us out tremendously! Heather from Myriad Fine Art, Jen & Steve, thank you sincerely for the photo exhibit. Thank you to our guest speakers Jeff Duvall, Dr. Marilyn Brown, Lori Bosarge, and Polly Sattler – your testimony really provided helpful and inspiring content. Sarah and Michelle from The Hub – thank you for all the support and encouragement these past 3 months. Thanks to all the individual supporters for the donations that have been provided – we could not have done this without you! And, to all that have shared in our journey thus far, namaste.

Spirit of the Gulf Coast visits Lori Bosarge

Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the BP well explosion and I thought it would be fitting to take a moment and reflect on all that has happened since then.  During our expedition, we witnessed firsthand how local communities along the coast have been seriously impacted by the disaster, and how they continue to reel in its aftermath.  Let’s not forget the tragic consequences of the spill, despite the fact that the well has been sealed and there is no longer 24/7 news coverage of the oil erupting into the water.  I hope that we will learn from this experience and each take a personal inventory in our own lives so that we can make more informed decisions with energy choices and consumer products in the future.

With this project, we wanted to show the human side of the BP disaster, and provide some helpful resources for people to consider as they make choices in their day to day life.  Each of us plays a part in the system that keeps oil and other fossil fuels embedded in our culture.  There are some tough decisions ahead to be sure. The good news is that we have some incredibly smart people working on energy alternatives that are available now, but we need the public to rally in support of a clean energy future. Do we want to let this disaster fade in the public consciousness or do we want to learn from it and make bold choices for our future? Are we ready to take steps in our own lives to lessen our impact, or are we going to keep doing what we’ve been doing until someone or something forces us to stop or adapt, however painful that might be?

These are some questions that I am pondering today. I would like to believe that the 11 people that lost their lives, the countless animals that have been killed, the ecosystem that provides life and sustenance to so may people, and the residents living with the aftermath along the coast have not been forgotten, and we are capable of learning an important lesson and taking a stand for the long term health of the Gulf Coast and its inhabitants.

BP, We Want Our Beach Back
I would like to recommend 2 books that were instrumental to me in getting engaged on the issue of oil dependence – these books provided the foundation for this mission some 2 and a half years ago. They are: The End of Oil by Paul Roberts and Winning The Oil Endgame by the Rocky Mountain Institute. If you even have an inkling of interest in this topic, these are excellent resources to consider.

What about you?  What is your take on this? Are you taking steps to lessen your consumption of oil and products made from oil? Do you agree that we need to look inward and take some personal responsibility?

At the event last Thursday, we had personal pledges on the back of the programs that provided suggested steps that each person consider to reduce their own impact on the system.  These are listed in the Actions to Take section on the right column of the website.  Have you taken any of these steps?  If so, please leave us a comment below.

Please do stay in touch with us as we continue to post suggested action items that we can all take in our day to day lives to lessen our reliance on oil.  If you are not already subscribed to our blog, there is an email sign up form on the top right so you won’t miss any future posts.  Thank you again to everyone who has stepped up to the plate and taken action so far. Each person really can make a difference.

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10 2010

Take Action!

The event may be over, but the conversation about how we can reduce our fuel dependency most certainly is not. Several people who got the chance to witness the Spirit of the Gulf Coast Exhibition may be moved to really dig into the issue of oil dependency in this country. While you may be eager to build a team of other people who are passionate about the environment and try to devise a huge groundbreaking answer to our oil dependency issues, there are really manageable simple things that you can do to make your impact. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will a shift in our country’s relationship to energy. But all of us can make a big impact by taking small steps over time. So we’re starting a Take Action! series where every Thursday, we’ll post a blog with a series of actions you can take  accompanied with resources to educate you and help get you started.

For our inaugural Take Action! entry, we’ll begin with the 5 action items that were part of the pledge during our Spirit of the Gulf Exhibit. They’re simple, and they’re things you could get started with today!

We would love to see pics or hear comments about your experiences taking any of these actions. Feel free to post any on our facebook page or share your experiences here. Whether you’re a veteran personal mug owner or you’re trying your first vegetarian meal, it’s empowering to see each of us doing our part to make a difference.

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10 2010

The Big Day is Here!

The day of the event is finally here and we are so excited that we barely know what to do with ourselves!

On second thought, we know exactly what to do—- focus on pushing this event to be as memorable, entertaining, and enlightening asSpirit of the Gulf Coast - Grand Isle, LA it could possibly be!

It’s amazing to think back to the beginnings of this project and see how far we have come. It started with a birthday wish from a guy who like all of us saw the oil spill and wanted to do something about it. From there Brandon reeled in 4 other people who out of curiosity, passion for sustainability, and the desire to know more about this disaster to take an expedition to the gulf coast.  Armed with a few cameras and open minds, we jumped in eager to learn what we could from this experience. Whatever preconceived notions we had coming in quickly fell away as one by one we were exposed to the stories of people with various experiences on the coast. Everything from Lori’s activism to Darryl’s resilience post Katrina left us rethinking what the oil spill meant in the context of these people’s lives.

After weeks of meetings and long night work sessions, we are thrilled to say that we are ready to share these experiences  with all of you. It has been a long, and exciting journey to this night and we are so grateful to each and every one of you who have supported us through various stages of this project. Everything, from the photo exhibit to the documentary and speakers were really made possible by the various individuals who collaborated with us to make this greater than anything we could have pulled off individually. We cannot thank you guys enough!

This event is meant to take you through the various experiences we’ve had in the gulf and give you a different understanding of how you view the gulf coast, the oil spill, and our complex relationship to petroleum. Our only hope is that when you come, you will leave feeling informed and in touch with the spirit of this special region that the team had the pleasure of experiencing up close. I could go on forever, but as you know, I’ve got a mind blowing event to attend to.

We can’t wait to see you tonight!

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10 2010