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April 22, 2009

Handle with care: As the earth goes, so do we

It’s Earth Day today and we don’t need a reminder how things could be better for Mother Earth. She’s like the mom who drank too much in her youth, smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and then up and decided to run a full marathon in 105 degree heat.

So take it easy on Mother Earth for more than one day and she’ll go easy on us. Find a way to recycle, buy less plastic and find creative ways to get through this life on earth. Have some hope.

By the way, Earth Day began in 1970 and it has its roots in the 1960s environmental movement. A Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin is credited with floating the idea to honor the earth as early as 1962. It came to head after the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill killed thousands of seabirds. The following spring, Earth Day was born.

Read the history of Earth Day: How the First Earth Day Came About

March 19, 2009

New Podcast: Remembering Exxon Valdez spill

Finally had some time to do a podcast interview with IBRRC’s Executive Director, Jay Holcomb, reflecting on the response to monumental Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Jay pioneered the search and rescue program at the spill. Additionally, he managed the entire rehabilitation program that cared for over 1,600 birds. He spent six straight months in Alaska during the spill.

For the past 23 years, Jay Holcomb has led IBRRC as it has responded to more than 200 domestic and international oil spills.

At least 11 million gallons of crude oil leaked out of the tanker just after midnight on March 24, 1989. The spill affected 1200 miles of coastline through the Prince William Sound and out toward Kodiak Island, Alaska. It ultimately killed more than 300,000 seabirds.

This podcast interview was conducted on March 16, 2009.

Listen to the 24 minute interview here

Also see: IBRRC Exxon Valdez response