By Kristen Johnson
Corporate greed, wealth versus poverty, lies, deception – all are featured in the controversial documentary, After the Spill. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s coast is quickly disappearing, and the oil and gas industry is largely to blame.
The film goes in-depth into the Deepwater Horizon gas spill disaster of 2010. The environmental destruction has been enormous and continues today, despite what BP may tell people in their outrageously expensive public relations campaign. Added to this disaster is the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, and the devastation continues.
It’s eye-opening, and sickening, to watch BP Executives continue to tell the public that all is well, when clearly it is not. It’s disheartening to watch the state’s Governor and Legislature fight against environmental claims and fight for the rights of the oil and gas industry, all in the name of “creating jobs.” Looking at maps of the destruction of the gulf coast over the past several decades, and listening to the people who have been affected in their jobs and particularly their health, is heartbreaking.
So, what do we do in the face of the giants of oil and gas, money, and greed? We continue to fight them every step of the way. Write to your senators and other leaders to support bills that fight against oil and gas company corruption. Continue to fight publicly for environmental protections. Support agencies who fight for environmental protections:
Gulf Coast Preservation Society: They work to educate the public about environmental threats to the area and to find solutions to the problem. They are devoted to maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico. You can donate here: http://www.gulfpreserve.org/donate.
Greenpeace: Although I continue to be very disappointed that they refuse to address reducing meat consumption as a means of fighting climate change, their work throughout the world in oceans, food, and climate is excellent. They don’t take money from corporations and they fight oil drilling. To join the fight, click here: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Donation2;jsessionid=6A00C9E3747997802EF2C9D1F8B5A384.app313a?df_id=3241&3241.donation=form1&s_src=footer.
Keep in mind that God only gave us one Earth. It’s our responsibility to take care of it for ourselves and for future generations!
Leviticus 25:23-24 (NRSV): The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; with me you are but aliens and tenants. 24 Throughout the land that you hold, you shall provide for the redemption of the land.
Serve all with love.
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