In an CBS interview in Louisiana, Defenders’ executive vice president Jamie Rappaport Clark details the heartbreaking sight of pelicans covered in oil, the harmful use of chemical dispersants and the need for all hands on deck in order to get the shoreline clean. “I cannot imagine how we will recover from this,” she says.
What a day! It was a long, hot and eventful one for Cindy, Krista and me as we continued our journey through south Louisiana bearing witness to the Gulf oil disaster. We headed out early for Venice to hook up with Jeff Corwin, on contract with NBC news as their environmental correspondent for the next year, and a great board member of Defenders of Wildlife. Also on the day’s expedition was Joel Sartore, an award winning National Geographic photographer, on assignment to document the wildlife impacts of the spill for a Nat Geo feature this fall.
Defenders’ expert Richard Charter talks coral reefs with CNN: the life sustained in these incredibly biologically diverse and important habitats, and the dangers posed to them by the ongoing Gulf oil disaster.
In an interview with CNN, Defenders’ expert Richard Charter discusses the chemical dispersants being applied to the Gulf oil spill by BP and the potential negative impacts they may have on Gulf wildlife such as fish and sea turtles. “This industry needs to wake-up and get serious about safety,” he says. (See Richard’s interview at 2:51)
Yesterday was bookended with images of a Gulf icon, the brown pelican, in gruesomely contrasting circumstances. I arrived yesterday with Jamie Rappaport Clark, Executive Vice President of Defenders of Wildlife and Cindy Hoffman, the organization’s Vice President for Communications. This is our second trip as a trio to the Gulf to assess and document first hand the extent of the impact of the oil spill and the effectiveness of the response.