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April 01, 2016
Through the power of our salons, spas, stores, institutes, guests, and supporters like you, we've raised over $44 million for environmental causes since 1999, more than $38 million for clean water projects at home and around the world. Thank you! We are proud to work with over 43 Earth Month partners in North America that focus on the clean water issues impacting our communities. With your support, we will continue to make a world of difference.
About Gulf Restoration Network:
The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world and is bordered by the United States to the north (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas), five Mexican states to the west (Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan), and the island of Cuba to the southeast. The Gulf ecosystem is extremely productive and supports a rich diversity of mammals, fish and sea birds. For example, the Gulf is home to 29 species of marine mammals, including resident populations of sperm and minke whales, numerous sea birds, and yields more finfish, shrimp, and shellfish annually than the south and mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake, and New England areas combined. Gulf habitats include vast coastal wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, and corals, including Florida’s extensive shallow reefs and hundreds of spectacular and unique deep water reef ecosystems such the Flower Garden Banks off of Texas.
However, overfishing, pollution, shipping, and the impacts of oil and gas development, including the BP drilling disaster, are degrading critical estuaries and placing marine species at risk.
The wonders and challenges of the Gulf’s coast are as complex as the intricate ways the land meets the sea. Gulf Restoration Network’s work spans issues ranging from holding BP accountable for the its drilling disaster to helping restore the coastal lines of defense the protect our communities from storm surge and sea level rise.
Much of our work revolves around the consequences of our country’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels. The BP drilling disaster was terrible but predictable, not the first or last time risky offshore energy extraction and poor government regulation would collide. Despite that catastrophe few meaningful industry reforms have been implemented, and BP continues to resist making things right.
As billions of dollars in fines from the BP drilling disaster flow to the Gulf. GRN will ensure that these funds are spent rebuilding communities and restoring the Gulf, not on pork-barrel spending.
While the Gulf’s people, wildlife and ecosystems are resilient, we have made too many choices which are unsustainable. Climate change-fueled rising seas, more severe weather and ocean acidification all make a sustainable and resilient Gulf coast more challenging. To respond, GRN is working with communities to adapt to changing conditions by reducing flood risk, managing stormwater better and restoring our natural coastal “lines of defense” such as barrier islands, saltwater marshes and cypress forests.
Visit GRN at: http://healthygulf.org/