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June 18, 2010

Host a Beyond Oil House Party

A guest blog by Edward Hill, Global Warming and Energy Program Intern. 

The OilSpill that began on April 20th has taken a devastating toll on our nation’s gulf coast; the images displayed by the media every day are shocking and horrendous, and it seems that things will only be getting worse. The only saving grace of all of this, and perhaps the only thing more remarkable than the spill itself, is the selflessness of Americans, across the nation, whom have responded to the disaster with a fire in their hearts and a willingness to engage in aiding the gulf’s recovery.

Thousands of our nation’s service men and women from the Coast Guard, National Guard, National Fish & Wildlife Service, and other departments have been dispatched to help along the coast and are fighting tirelessly to keep our coastlines safe. Meanwhile, many volunteers, even those who have been turned away because of their lack of training and experience, have taken on an array of avenues to aid in cleaning up the gulf. Throughout the disaster, a key effort of the Sierra Club has been to channel these worthy intentions into action. By specifically tailoring volunteer opportunities to individual’s locations and skills, Sierra Club has been putting volunteers to work.

The week of June 28th offers another opportunity to take action. That week hundreds of house parties will be thrown all over the country, bringing people together to learn how we can help the Gulf Coast and move our nation beyond oil. Sierra Club is asking its members and citizens across the country to Help Out by Hosting a Beyond Oil House Party! The Sierra Club is partnering with Brave New Films and award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald - producer of Outfoxed and Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price - to produce and make available for house party screenings a short documentary about the true effects that the BP oil disaster is having on the Gulf Coast, and why we need to end our addiction to oil. The film offers a way to bring people together to pay homage to the gulf, to honor those who have served in this fight, and to inspire action.

For those Americans unable to take direct action, this disaster has been especially frustrating. That is why we are reminding folks that, just by showing solidarity and support for those affected, it is possible to take part in cleaning up the current spill and preventing future spills like it.

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