Gulf Coast oil spill crisis: How you can help clean up

Oiled Brown Pelican being washed in Fort Jackson, Louisiana rescue center by USFWS staff. Courtesy IBRRC, Flickr.

No matter what part of the country you live in, you can do your part to help our environment bounce back from this devastating oil spill disaster in the Gulf. The easiest way to contribute your efforts is to contact the Obama administration immediately and speak out against future off-shore drilling on precious areas such as Arctic Alaska. Click here to take action now.

There is also a great need for volunteers to travel down to Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida to lend a hand. Already, more than 2,000 people from all over the country have been trained to assist in the response effort for the Gulf Coast, according to information released by the White House. It’s not too late for you to join them. Volunteer recruitment efforts include outreach to local fishermen and assisting contractors in deploying boom.

If you are interested in volunteering, it is important that you link up with an organization before heading down to the affected areas. Without proper direction and training, well-intentioned people can inadvertently interfere with the recovery process. Along with state agencies, the following organizations have launched their own efforts to recruit volunteers and funds for the clean-up effort:

photo: Oiled Brown Pelican being washed in Fort Jackson, Louisiana rescue center by USFWS staff. Courtesy IBRRC, Flickr.

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