Lori Mould's everyday life!

Searching for the truth… March 5, 2012

The next few days will be filled with interviews from the bayous in Louisiana to the coastal Mississippi towns that have were inundated with Louisiana Sweet Crude, crude oil aerosols, and the dispersants  Corexit 9500, as the primary dispersant, and Corexit 9527 after the BP oil spill.

There were 1.84 million gallons of these two dispersants used…1.07 million gallons were applied directly to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and 771,000 were applied subsurface at the wellhead. This means that for every 93 gallons of crude oil that made contact with the environment one gallon of dispersant was applied to counteract its effects.These figures are staggering to say the least!

From the delicate marshlands and estuaries, the ecosystem, marine and wildlife, to the residents, commercial fishermen/women, tourists, and the community residents, all of the above mentioned groups were put at risk because of BP’s failure to be forthcoming to actual danger of living by, breathing in, and working with this toxic mixture and their failure to provide the proper safety gear to keep the workers from getting sick.

This, to me, was gross negligence on the part of BP to try to reduce their culpability in this matter.

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The Health of the Gulf…a search for the truth!! February 28, 2012

Although we have been playing tourist during our first few days back in Louisiana, I have been on the phone and making contact with numerous people that will be able to shed light on the enormity of the issues that are plaguing the people, the marine life, and the ecosystem in the Gulf Coast Region. I am looking forward to becoming better educated myself and taking what I learn in the process of making this documentary to help others understand what is truly going on here.

The “mainstream media” (for the most part) has been remiss in the way that they have reported these issues and what is happening in this Region. If it where not for the upcoming trial, I do not think that there would be any media coverage at all at this point. It seems to me that if there is not money or ratings to be made news such as this falls by the wayside.

I have a feeling that even with all that I have learned that I, too, will be enlightened by what I am about to see and experience on this journey for the truth. I know that emotions are raw especially as people continue to become sicker with no real help from the source of their sickness. I have no doubt that my life will be forever changed after the interviews that I am about to embark on…but the truth NEEDS to be told!

Tomorrow we will be participating in a March and Rally for a Fair and Just Outcome of the BP Trial! The event is scheduled from 1pm-4pm. Plan to attend by joining us at 1pm at BP Headquarters,1250 Poydras, and march to the Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras, at 1:30pm. Signs and costume are encouraged. There will be several quest speakers there along with an open-mic forum. Hope to see y’all out there!

 

The Health of the Gulf Coast and the folks that live, breathe, eat, sleep, protect, and work in the Gulf Coast Region. February 25, 2012

I am heading to the Gulf Coast Region as I type this to y’all to make a documentary to educate and raise awareness of the plight of the citizens of the area and the peope that were drawn to this area to help out during the biggest environmental disaster in out history.
There are so many aspects of what happened on the fateful day in April when the Deep Water Horizon rig exploded… initially taking the lives if 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons of Louisiana Sweet Crude into the Gulf of Mexico forever changing the lives of countless people and altering the ecosystem in the Gulf.
Life for these folks in the Region will never be the same and their stories will follow….

 

As the Anniversary approaches…. April 18, 2011

As the anniversary approaches for the BP oil spill, I have found myself wondering about the families and friends of the workers that were killed in the explosion!!  Do you not find it strange that the media does not ever mention anything about the workers that were lost?

I cannot even imagine how the families and friends must feel knowing that the focus has been more on the environmental and ecological impact then that of human life!!! Please take a minute and put these individuals in your thoughts and prayers…I know that is a small thing to do but with the anniversary fast approaching I feel in my heart that they will be needing to be uplifted!!

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2011 March 21, 2011

Well, we are back in Batavia after a great week in NOLA!! This week’s experience was very fulfilling because not only did we help Ms. Lynette move a few steps closer to completion we also presented the documentary to Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classrooms at Delgado Community College in New Orleans! Both classes asked some great questions and also shared some of their own personal experiences about what they had gone through because of the storm! I honestly think that we helped bring forth some information about the wetlands loss that the students were not aware of.  Because of these classroom encounters, we were able to provide information to a couple of students that may help them start the recovery process for their homes and their families! There is something very satisfying about reaching out and encouraging people in any way that is humanly possible.

I believe that during this past week some of our GCC students were able to experience personal growth and a better understanding of what has been happening in the New Orleans and Southern Louisiana areas. I know for some it was their first time being that far from home which is an educational experience in itself.

I would like to take the time to thank Ms. Kim, Ms. Raymonda, Ms. Mel, all of the students, faculty, staff, and administration at Delgado Community College City Campus, Capt. Wendy, Diane Huhn, Darryl and the staff at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, Pete Nunually, and the many others that helped direct and guide us in this journey!! Without people like you, we would not be able to continue to reach out and help!!

I also want to thank our students at GCC that gave of themselves for this past week to help others!! I continue to be inspired and encouraged for our future when I am in the company of students like the group!!! You guys ROCK!!!

To the faculty, staff, and administration at GCC, well what can I say…all of you make dreams come true, encourage, inspire, and provide an avenue and direction that can truly change a person’s life!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!!!

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2011 March 16, 2011

Wow…it seems like forever since my last post but I can assure you that we have been busy! We made great time coming to NOLA and got here on Saturday with enough time to head down to the French Quarter to partake in a carriage ride, Cafe Du Monde, and a stroll down Bourbon Street.

Sunday was went to the French Market for some shopping, Snowballs (Yummy!!), lunch at Margaritaville (gator, conch, and fried green tomatoes) was amazing…The weather has been delightful since we came into town!!

Monday was a great day of working on Ms. Lynette’s home, a trip to Frenchmen Street.  We went to Snug Harbor to enjoy the music of Charmaine Neville and Friends Band and then some dancing at La Maison!! What a fabulous day with the proper mix of work and experiencing the culture of this beautiful city!!

Tuesday was spend enjoying the great company of Ms. Lynette and friends, working outside while enjoying the sunshine, being treated to some good ole red beans and rice….man, life is good!!

Today we went to Delgado Community College City Campus to talk with the students in Ms. Raymonda Dennis’ class regarding what it means and has meant to us to come down to Louisiana and New Orleans to experience service learning first hand. Not to mention, what it brought to our lives immersing ourselves into the culture, experiencing the people, and eating some wonderful food. We showed the documentary “Resilient and Everchanging: Louisiana’s Struggle to Rebound!”  The students were very interactive and made lots of great points and offered some very wonderful information about people that we can talk to so that I can glean some stories and information from them about the issues facing this region right now!! Tonight we are having a gathering to show the documentary and share a meal with some more of the wonderful people that I have had the privilege  if getting to know!!

I will keep you posted!!!

 

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break Contd March 10, 2011

Gearing up for our departure tomorrow evening…you can get a feel for the level of excitement from those that were able to attend the meeting last night! I think we all would have loved to get into the van and head out last night!! We joked that loading all of us into a van…most of us have never met…for a 20+ hour trip is like the “GCC Real World goes to NOLA!!” What better way to get to know a group of people, right?? lol

We will all have our Green on for the parade on Sunday! I know that I am super excited about attending my first New Orleans favor parade…those on the parade route will have no doubts that I am a tourist because I will have my camera and video camera ready to take in very last minute. For some, those memories will be the one and only time they get the chance to relish in that experience so why not just capture that moment in time?

One more sleep and we will be heading to one of the most interesting places I have been…however, I am not sure that I will be able to sleep because I am wayyyyyyyyyyy too excited!!!

Stay tuned…..