Posts Tagged ‘People’

Sierra Club: The Gulf Still Needs Us

This morning, I was reading an email from the Sierra Club, and one of the article headlines caught my attention: ‘The Gulf Still Needs Us.”  I couldn’t agree more, and it’s what has inspired me to take action and organize this expedition to the Gulf coast tomorrow.  I am looking forward to getting back down to the coast and connecting with the people in the local communities once again. There something unique about being there and hearing the stories of those who are affected face to face. We will do our best to capture these moments so we can share them here with you.

Check out the video that Sierra Club posted that shows their experience with some military vets that went out on the water as they describe the precarious position we are in as a nation due to our crippling dependence on oil.

This is a complicated issue, there is no doubt. We hope to dig deeper into this in the days ahead and bring back stories directly from the front line. We hope you will join us by following our posts as we go – be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. And it’s not too late to make a donation of any size. Every dollar counts, and we (and in turn the local communities) can use all the help we can get.

Thanks for letting us share this journey with you.

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08 2010

Donations, Expenses, and Relief

We are 2 days away from the start of our expedition, and I wanted to take a couple of minutes to address the donations we are receiving and the expenses for the trip.  Check out a short video I posted this morning that addresses this topic.

We want to make sure that it is clear that our expenses for the trip are almost entirely local expenses, and the money is going straight into the local communities along the coast who have been dramatically impacted by the BP oil spill.  Every dollar that we spend with the local hotels, restaurants, cafes, fishermen, etc. provides much needed relief to the people in these communities.  These people rely largely on tourism and revenue from fishing in the Gulf for their survival, and they are struggling with the dramatic reduction in both tourism and fishing revenue as a result of this disaster.  These are the stories we want to capture and share with you, and these are the people that we are supporting by going down to the coast.  If you choose to make a donation to our effort, it will be going straight into these communities that have taken such a hit in recent months.

When we return, we will be planning the follow-up conference that will have its own set of expenses, but for now, all the donations are going down to the Gulf with us.  A special thank you to all those who have stepped forward and supported our efforts thus far.  We couldn’t do this without you!  Please visit the Supporters page on our site to see who has stepped up and provided their financial assistance.  We would love to add your name or your business to this list, so please consider making a small donation today.  Every dollar counts.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing these stories with you in the days ahead!

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08 2010

Countdown to the Coast

We are 4 short days away from our trip to the Gulf Coast, and I wanted to take a moment to check in quickly.  Check out the video below and please consider making a donation if you are able to.

We look forward to sharing stories from the local coastal communities with you in the days ahead, so please do follow along.  If you want to keep up with live, we will be posting as we go on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and here on our blog.  Thank you so much for your support!

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08 2010