Oil Spill Volunteers
“The goal, of course, is to fund environmental cleanup, so I need to sell as many of them as I can to really make a difference,” says Christine “Tippy” Tippens, about soap she hoped to produce from local New Orleans materials. That was September 2010, five months after the BP oil spill began and several months before her venture, BirdProject, really got off the ground.
[Images courtesy of Tippy Tippens]!--/end tags-->
Powerful pictures can have the strange effect of making us remember while wanting to forget. On this anniversary of the BP disaster, and many thousands of images later, we share a visual chronicle of particular moments captured by land, sea and air - from the high drama of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, to the granular evidence of a single, oil-slicked bird, and our massive communal response.
After the Gulf oil spill, the National Audubon Society set up a call center in Moss Point, Mississippi to help direct the 34,500 people who signed up to be part of cleanup efforts. Half a year later, volunteers still man the center and coordinate the tens of thousands who want to help. Here, the story of the Volunteer Response Center.!--/end tags-->
New Orleans resident Sarah Andert signed up to be a volunteer with the National Audubon Society after the Deepwater Horizion spill. She acted as a transport liaison, sitting on dock waiting for birds—dead or alive—to come in. Here's her story.
To read about other volunteers, check out the cover story of our November-December issue.!--/end tags-->