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….

 

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 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…..

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2 preparation continues March 9, 2011

So….three more sleeps and we will be arriving in NOLA!!  We have a meeting with our students this afternoon and I know that the excitement is growing for everyone that is going!!

I finished my ‘To Do List” last night and with that being said we are T minus 2 1/2 days until we leave!!

This trip will be including some educational features such as: showing the documentary at Delgado Community College to administrators, faculty, and students.  We will be attending Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classes to give an overview of what we do when we come to this great city, what it has meant to us, and how it has changed us as people.  We will be meeting with the folks at Levees.org to further educate ourselves on what truly happened in New Orleans and the potential for this to happen in any town, community, or city that is “protected” by the levee systems across the US!! And we will be heading down to Southern Louisiana to explore the bayous, marshlands, and wetlands so that we can have something tangible to see as we learn about our disappearing wetlands and what we can do to help with this situation!!

All in all, my hope is that the students that come down will leave with a better understanding of what is really happening in Louisiana and New Orleans (and that it is NOT just a Louisiana issue), a love for the people and the culture, and a new found love for the idea of “Giving a hand up and not a hand out!”

Service Learning has provided me with a sense that I have come full circle in my life…there is such a sense of accomplishment that comes from helping those of us that need a “hand up”…if you let it…it can and will change your life!!!

Stay tuned……..

 

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2 March 8, 2011

Well, we are gearing up for the Second Annual GCC Alternative Spring Break!!  We will be leaving in three days and everyone is excited about heading back to Nawlins to help out the awesome people in that great city!

One of the exciting facts about this trip is that the students are all getting the benefit of a scholarship because of the monies raised from the Batavia-Bayou Cross Cultural Connection!! Each student will only to have to pay $150 each to go to NOLA for Spring Break!!! Yes, you read that right! What an amazing opportunity to go to NOLA for a week of service learning, experiencing the people, culture, food, and a life changing experience.

We will be working with Lynette Boutte again this Break in hopes to move her a few steps closer to completion so that she will be able to enjoy her life totally back in her home.  It is hard for me to even begin to understand what it would feel like to be forced from your home because of flooding that spawned from the levee breaks…but then to still be not be home after more than 5 years…well that should not be happening in this country of ours!!!

As the week goes on I will be filling you in on some of the details about what we are doing and bringing to light some of the facts that are still plaguing this area more than five years since Katrina made landfall, the seriousness of the wetlands loss in Southern Louisiana, and the continuing issues from the BP oil spill!!

Stay tuned…..