The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf region. Gulf Restoration Network is working with its community and other environmental organizations to respond to this crisis through monitoring, clean-up efforts and establishing a long-term strategy to deal with the ongoing challenges.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health and justice organization helping communities neighboring the state's oil refineries and chemical plants to reduce pollution and protect public health. As the oil spill drifts toward land, residents of the Gulf Coast can report endangered wildlife, oily beaches and water, health impacts and other problems using a new tool called the Oil Spill Crisis Map. Created by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, it documents the impact of the BP oil spill and is crucial to making sure BP is held accountable over the long run.
Southwings conducts flights to protect and restore Southeastern ecosystems and provide aerial education for conservation efforts in 11 states from Virginia to Louisiana. Partnering with other environmental groups in the Gulf region, SouthWings' volunteer pilots are flying to photograph and collect oil spill information that furthers work on the ground.
SkyTruth seeks to motivate and empower new constituencies for environmental protection using satellite images and other visual technologies to create compelling pictures that vividly illustrate environmental issues. Skytruth’s Gulf Oil Spill Tracker site is helping to show the world what's going on in the Gulf by way of an interactive map with photos and videos provided by witnesses.
Save Our Gulf is an initiative by the Waterkeeper Alliance to support the Gulf Waterkeepers fighting to protect their communities and natural environment from the long-term impacts of the BP oil disaster. Gulf Waterkeepers are a front line of defense against the BP oil disaster. Community-driven groups, like Mobile Baykeeper, Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper have deep knowledge of the marshes, wetlands, beaches and inner-coastal waters that make them invaluable first responders.
The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a grantmaking institution that supports progressive movement building in the Gulf Coast region. As of July 2, the Gulf Coast Fund has distributed $200,000 to 32 organizations and continues to make emergency grants to support community-led response efforts.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is on the ground in Louisiana, assisting in the efforts to protect one of the most ecologically complex regions of the country, its people and economy from the devastating consequences of offshore drilling.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy is committed to playing a leadership role in the direct rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles impacted by the spill, while also conducting policy and educational campaigns that ensure we never experience another disaster of this magnitude.
Local communities provide a critical perspective on how the Gulf of Mexico should be restored. Because Gulf Future is the only campaign focused exclusively on the health of the Gulf Coast and the people who live here, they provide unique insight and expertise on the needs of the affected communities. As members of the community, they are committed to providing the long- term support needed to protect the environment and the distinct culture of the Gulf Coast for future generations. Gulf Future is made up of supporting organizations that includes Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Fund, NRDC, Waterkeeper Alliance and several other effective environmental organizations.
The State of the Beach Program is an initiative by the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to engage and protect their communities and natural environment from the long-term impacts of the BP oil disaster. The multi-phase effort increases accuracy in the identification of oil and dispersant pollution at beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast; achieves greater public participation in Gulf Coast clean-up efforts with a hands-on educational component; and the data collection will contribute to a long-term study effort at the University of South Florida to identify the sulfur isotope of the Corexit dispersant when mixed with the oil for better response to future spill events.