I’ve set out to make a positive impact on the world as a financial environmental activist. This site is a record of the journey.
I hope that you and others learn from it, and that it helps you take action in your own activist 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’ll do my best to respond to.
I was first motivated by the BP Oil Deepwater Oil Spill
My motivation for this activist adventure starts in the United States Gulf Coast, where I grew up and where, in 2010, 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 and communicating environmental science to activists
At this stage of the climate crisis, the science is irrefutable and the repercussions of inaction are bleak.
Though I could continue working as a programmer, making a comfortable salary and hoping to retire before the worst of the climate crisis arrives, if I did follow that narrow path, then come retirement time, I’d be unable to look young people in the eye.
Instead, I’m taking some time to try to make a positive difference, and avert the catastrophe ahead of us.
I hope you’ll join my journey by adding your email address to the mailing list. From there, you can email me advice, opinions and thoughts, which I’ll do my best to respond to as I continue this journey.