Surveys Reveal the Broad Scope of Negative Socio-Economic Impacts from the BP Oil Spill

The impacts of the BP Oil Spill on individuals, businesses, and communities will take a long time to become fully realized.  Recent survey research helps to document the broad  scope and scale of these impacts.  Understanding what people are going through will be vital for targeting assistance efforts to mitigate the negative economic and social impacts.  This information should also be helpful as lawsuits are launched against BP and other companies.  The stories collected here point to the kinds of questions that need to be answered through careful social science research.
Click below to read results from a variety of surveys.

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Spike Lee’s Latest Katrina Epic Contains Great Insights into BP Oil Spill

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged New Orleans and much of the same gulf coast that has been damaged by the BP oil gusher.    With all the media coverage, no show will have the long-term impact as Spike Lee’s HBO documentary: ‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.’ I am glad to have HBO but realize many others do not.  I also want to focus this article on what the film covered about the BP Oil Disaster.  This article highlights key lessons from the film about with how corporate greed and governmental ineptitude led to the BP Oil disaster that continues to seriously threaten our communities and ecosystems.  This film will be important for urging us to action now; as well as a historical record for the future of bad luck and trouble in the Gulf. 
Click for the film’s lessons, cool pix and interviews.

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Religion and Spirituality Play Essential Roles in Serving People and Restoring Gulf

As is the case with any disaster, many people in the Gulf region are turning to religion to find comfort, compassion and assistance. At the same time, religious groups of all persuasions are actively trying to embrace environmentalism as a social movement to build their congregations and preach the gospel.  Here I have collected some of the most interesting and inspiring stories about how religion plays an important role in addressing the social and spiritual crisis faced by people in the Gulf. This post summarizes key articles about how religious institutions are helping address the material and spiritual needs of their congregations.  The gulf presents challenges to churches’ budgets, while also driving a new type of spiritual ecology.
Click to connect to nature on a spiritual level.

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Buffett Concert Entertains and Encourages; but Misses Chance to Educate and Engage

Jimmy Buffet has been able to build and maintain a consistent brand that encourages his fans to forget about their cares and have fun!!  He represents a lifestyle that many of us would like to emulate and enjoy.  His live free concert sure delivered all the entertainment, enjoyment and excitement one would expect from Jimmy and his Coral Reefer Band.  I have collected the concert reviews and a set list (including which songs they played after the broadcast ended.).  Keep reading to watch his revised version of “When the Coast is Clear” – along with complete new lyrics.  My only question and concern is why this major TV event did not include any way for the viewers to gain more information or donate money to an established group like the Red Cross?  Did the organizers, conservative country TV station and local leaders want to avoid any direct mention of the BP oil disaster?

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Polls Show Americans are Worried, Angry and Blame Everyone for Oil Spill

Public awareness and opinion about the BP oil spill is an important topic for shaping public policies and programs.  Since the disaster started, a number of national polls have been conducted to measure the reaction of Americans to the spill, as well as the capability and credibility of the main actors involved.  All these surveys have been done by well-known, professional firms and include just over 1000 adult respondents.  These surveys have a margin of error of just over four percent.  Over the past three decades I designed dozens of surveys like the ones reported here.

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Jimmy Buffett Speaks Out and Stands Up for His Gulf Home and Our Heritage

Truly successful and socially conscious musicians create and perform great music — not just to do well (make money) but to also do good (help the world)Jimmy Buffett has consistently displayed a strong and deep connection to and conviction for the oceans and the Gulf coast.  This ethic is conveyed to his fans in a credible and creative manner. Sunday (July 11, 2010 @ 7:00 EST) Jimmy’s rescheduled Gulf benefit concert will be carried live on CMT.  He recently gave a wonderful interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN (watch it here.)  He also has opened up his long-planned hotel in Pensacola, Florida. Read about his sister’s successful restaurant (LuLu’s) and the surprise show he plays.  Also included are some of his most relevant lyrics and quotes.

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Celebrities Help Larry King Raise Money and Awareness for Gulf

Larry King and his CNN colleagues hosted a star-studded telethon for the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, June 21, 2010 that raised a couple million dollars and public awareness.  This two-hour special featured interviews with a range of celebrities, as well as citizens from the gulf region.  I found the transcript from this show and selected what seem to be the most informative and inspirational comments.  Find out why we all should contribute money, time and other resources to help our gulf. This BLOG post also includes some pix of the people who appeared on the show. 
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