Philippe Cousteau Explains State of BP Spill in 45 Seconds (Video)


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Philippe Cousteau, the renowned oceans advocate, has been doing some of the best reporting on the Gulf out there (some of it has been published here on TreeHugger). I caught up to him at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative, where he'd just launched a student-citizen journalism program called STREAM -- which he discussed further in an interview I'll publish tomorrow. But with the news coming last week that leaking well had officially been declared "dead", I thought it prudent to seek his expert opinion on the current state of the BP Gulf spill -- and where we go from here. Cousteau adroitly sums up the situation we now face in about 45 seconds flat:

And here's Casi Callaway, of the Mobile Baykeeper, an Alabama-based conservation group that has been on the front lines fighting the Gulf spill since day one -- she's also Cousteau's partner in STREAM (Students Reporting Environmental Action through Media). She discusses, from the perspective of a longtime environmental advocate living on the Gulf Coast, how the spill must be dealt with on a local level.

Check back tomorrow for a full interview with Cousteau and Callaway about why citizen journalism is so important in the Gulf, and the many difficulties posed by such a tragic, large-scale disaster.

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