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Why This Matters: It is unbelievably challenging to clean up an oil spill of this magnitude — just ask anyone who stood on the beaches in Louisiana mopping up oil after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The impacts of a disaster like this are long-lasting and those who are responsible must be held fully accountable. This spill puts at risk the country’s tourism economy — nearly 1.4 million people visited last year before COVID halted it. How is it that 30 years later Exxon Valdez could happen again?
“This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius,” Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, and oceanographer and environmental engineer reportedly told Reuters. “We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.” Jean Hugues Gardenne, of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, told The Guardian that “The conservation work carried out on Ile aux Aigrettes for nearly four decades is at stake.” He added, “The local communities relying on fishing to earn a living are heavily affected … Mangroves, corals and marine ecosystem are affected and the impact on tourism, a pillar of our economy, will be huge.”
What You Can Do: The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and Eco Sud, two local NGOs, are collecting and managing emergency relief funds. And they need lawyers to help them receive the compensation they deserve. Email email@example.com if you are a lawyer and want to help.
Yesterday at a virtual press conference, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act along with co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor. In Grijalva’s own words, the bill aims to provide a roadmap for ocean and coastal climate resilience, and responsibly uses them […]
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