Data Engineering, Programming, & Environmental Activism

I'm a programmer, data engineer, and activist. This website serves mostly as a record of my activist projects, which sometimes include programming and data engineering.

I hope that you and others learn from it, and that it helps you take action in your own endeavors. If I can help in those endeavors, I hope that you tell me. You can join this journey by adding your email address to the mailing list. From there, you can email me advice, opinions and thoughts, which I do my best to respond to.

My environmental activism was first motivated by the BP Oil Deepwater Oil Spill

In 2010, in the United States Gulf Coast, where I grew up, BP spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil.

There, cleanup workers reported “eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory problems; blood in urine, vomit and rectal bleeding; seizures; nausea and violent vomiting episodes that last for hours; skin irritation, burning and lesions; short-term memory loss and confusion; liver and kidney damage; central nervous system effects and nervous system dam- age; hypertension; and miscarriages”. It’s no surprise, given that those unemployed fishermen and were sometimes not allowed to use respirators, and BP threatened to fire those that did. Pictures of people in protective gear would have been bad press.

To add insult to injury, BP offered those same fishing families cheap settlements, which waived the families' rights to join class action lawsuits. Often, with hungry children at home, no more livelihood on the Gulf, and no idea of what a class action lawsuit was or when it might pay them, they accepted.

My mother translated, interpreted, and did social work for one of the Vietnamese Gulf-coast finishing communities that BP hired to clean up. Though I had moved away for college, she enjoyed sharing the stories.

Learning about the tragedy in the Gulf led me to continue learning about fossil fuel companies, energy and the environment. I’ve since been involved in related projects like exposing reporting discrepancies in methane industry leak data, communicating environmental science to activists, and pushing banks to adopt greener lending policies.