September 9, 2010; Source: Common Dreams | The National Resources Defense Council and StoryCorps have announced that they will collaborate to collect the stories of people in the gulf who have suffered the effects of the BP oil spill. NRDC has worked on environmental issues in the gulf since Katrina hit.
In October, StoryCorps will set up an Airstream trailer first in New Orleans and then in Mobile, Ala. with a side trip to Buras, La. “Our collaboration with StoryCorps is about letting Gulf residents tell their own stories on their own terms,” said Peter Lehner, executive director of NRDC. “We expect these stories will document the far-reaching impacts of the oil spill including lost livelihoods and family tradition and permanent damage to the natural resources of the Gulf.”
Rounding out the collaboration, a New Orleans public radio station, WWNO will broadcast and distribute a group of the stories. All we can say is, “bravo.” Stories are powerful social change tools and we commend NRDC for recognizing that. For more about this read this article.—Ruth McCambridge