Last October, Bayou Grace Community Services opened their offices over in Chauvin, LA for Story Corps to set up their audio recording equipment and then invited folks to come do interviews about their families and how the oil spill had affected them.
Now, a year later, Natural Resources Defense Council has teamed up with Discovery Channel to put together a poignant one-hour feature using clips from interviews done last fall across our coastal communities impacted by the oil spill.
I’ll warn you . . . these interviews are heart-felt, open and honest from everyday folks like you and me. None of us interviewed are actors nor did we have the energy to pretend to be anything other than what and who we are.
It is my hope that you will gather your family, tell them you know of some real folks down here that are real people, affected by a very real tragedy (combined with the previous storm seasons), then turn on your TV’s and take a look into the souls of some of the most hardworking, family-oriented, dedicated people you will ever hope to meet.
Saturday, at 1:30 Central Time, watch Discovery’s Planet Green show:
“Stories from the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster”.
Then we will meet back here Saturday night or Sunday morning and talk about what we watched. I want to hear your reactions to this show. I want to hear your economic reaction. I want to hear your political reaction. I want to hear your human reaction.
As always, you are my connection to the rest of the whole wide world, and I am grateful to all of you who take a minute to give a second thought to the bayou people.
Hopefully, I will have a portion of my family down here to watch this show with me. And then I will fry them some speckled trout and hope that the chemicals in those trout from the crude oil and dispersant have no negative impact on our bodies. It is something I have to consider with every piece of seafood I serve my family now–seafood is our staple food.
Be back soon,