Florida Students react to BP Offshore Oil Drilling Disaster

May 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Two days before Earth Day last week I found myself at Eckerd College surrounded by students excited about a clean energy future, specifically a future without offshore oil drilling. Photo petitions were proudly taken! Students were excited to put on green hard hats, scream into a megaphone and hold signs that discouraged offshore oil drilling and instead encouraged solar in the Sunshine State.

Little did we know of that as we talked with folks and took photos the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history to date was exploding in the Gulf of Mexico.

The BP offshore oil drilling disaster adds fuel to the fire, and no I am not talking about the fire lit by the coastguard in attempts to control the spill. I am talking about the fire that lies within Florida youth.  Florida youth love their state’s coasts. They also realize their state’s economy thrives off of tourism. More than ever Florida youth and youth across the South are ready to put an end to offshore oil drilling as they plan for the up and coming fall election campaign.

Leaders from across the South will be attending the Energy Action Coalition’s Fall Training learning how to engage clean energy voters and make a clean, safe energy future a top priority in the fall. They will specifically work around offshore oil drilling and emphasize the devastating consequences that come with this “fuelish” practice.

The impacts of the drilling disaster have driven several Florida politicians to re-examine their position on offshore drilling.  After a helicopter ride to view the spill, current Florida Governor Charlie Crist has switched his stance saying good bye to offshore oil drilling in Florida.  However, even with this horrific disaster taking place other Florida leaders are failing to realize the negative implications that come with a fossil fuel based future.

The disaster is impacting more than individuals; entire counties are declaring states of emergency along the Florida coast. As the spill grows and inches closer and closer to Florida’s pristine shores, groups are mobilizing to attempt to reduce the severity of the impacts.

Now more than ever our generation and our region must come together to respond to yet another crisis.

The Southern Energy Network is pulling together an emergency strategy call to bring youth climate activists across the South together to share information and to begin developing plans to not only clean up, but to protect our coast and the future of our region.


Entry filed under: southern energy network.

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