In these trying times, we’re thinking about all the Gulf residents and people around the world who are suffering due the Covid-19 virus and associated economic disaster. Here in the Gulf region, we’re no strangers to disasters, from hurricanes to flooding to oil spills and industrial explosions. While this one feels unique because it’s literally impacting the entire world, one thing that long-time residents of this region know is that during and in the immediate aftermath of any disaster, communities come together to help each other. And we know that the folks who are hit hardest by a disaster are rarely the most privileged and wealthy among us. Instead, people of limited financial means and historically marginalized communities are on the frontlines when calamities happen.
With that in mind, we wanted to share some resources about where people can find help, how people can help, and highlight some organizations leading community response around the Gulf region. This is by no means a comprehensive list so please email if you have suggestions of additional things to include at Raleigh@healthygulf.org.
As our region deals with this immediate crisis, Healthy Gulf will continue our mission of uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf region. Our staff is still on the job, working from home and joining more video conference calls then we could have ever imagined. We won’t be answering our office phones during this time, but if you leave a voicemail we’ll get that and respond as quickly as possible.
There are major issues emerging right now that will impact the health of our communities and environment. The EPA has given polluters a greenlight to increase pollution and break the law during this emergency. The fracking industry, which has been losing money for a decade, is fishing for a taxpayer bailout. And just last week, Healthy Gulf sent a letter signed by over 50 organizations to the five Gulf state Governors and the Army Corps urging them to cease issuing all new non-essential environmental permits during this state of emergency. None of us want to go through this pandemic just to realize that the government is now allowing more pollution to flow into our favorite river or bayou. You can send your own letter by taking action here!
We’ve seen time and time again that polluting industries and their allies in government aren’t afraid to use a disaster to their advantage, but we’ll be here every step of the way standing up for a Healthy Gulf and hope you will stand with us!
This content was originally published here.