Real Gulf Coast Recovery Requires Resilient People, Communities and Ecology

Now that the BP oil hole has finally stopped gushing, people and communities in the Gulf region will need ongoing assistance as they recover and rebuild.  Research shows that certain people tend to come through disasters such as this and Katrina in better shape than others.  The ability to withstand and even thrive under adversity is known as resilience.  This article starts with tips for building resilience within people and communities; followed by summaries of key articles about disaster from the journal Science.  Finally, there are quotes from philosophers, athletes, politicians and others about  resilience and how it can be achieved.
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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.
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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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Oil Spill Means Long-term Trouble for Mental Health and Community Well-being

The oil spill in the Gulf is directly threatening millions of people in terms of their mental health and ability to earn a living as they have for generations.   Lessons from other disasters (especially the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Hurricane Katrina) show dramatic increases in all types of social psychological problems (e.g., depression, violence, substance abuse.)  This BLOG post combines a number of articles about these important topics.  Particular attention is paid to the impacts on families from coastal fishing communities and their traditional way of life. 
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