A HIDDEN HEALTH CRISIS IN THE GULF. Two years after BP released an estimated 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, residents and cleanup workers continue to suffer serious health issues, reports investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz in this week’s cover story. "BP’s Toxic Legacy," published in collaboration with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, reveals a range of troubling ailments, including respiratory conditions, bleeding from ears and noses, skin conditions that have come to be described as "the BP rash," even dementia at a bewilderingly young age. Once healthy children are now on a steady stream of medications, and chronic long-term health effects, including cancers, birth defects and developmental disorders are anticipated. Shanna Devine, an investigator for a Government Accountability Project (GAP) study calls it “the worst public health tragedies of any investigation in GAP’s 35 year history.” And yet, the current proposed settlements with BP fails to address the longer-term health crisis. As we explain in this week’s Nation Action, compounding the injustice are BP and the government’s efforts to elide responsibility for the untold suffering wrought by the disaster. Be sure to read the piece and find out how you can help Gulf residents reclaim their lives.
Programming Note: Catch Antonia Juhasz on MSNBC’s UP with Chris Hayes on Saturday morning, live from New Orleans discussing her most recent investigation for The Nation.
THE NATION AT THE GREEN FESTIVAL. I’m delighted to take part in the first-ever New York City Green Festival, the country’s premiere sustainability event. The Nation and hundreds of other organizations and publications, including 300 exhibitors, 125 speakers and tens of thousands of attendees will gather at the Javits Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, with a serious objective: expanding popular support for policies aimed at ecological sustainability and social justice. I’ll be delivering a keynote at 1pm on Saturday on the Main Stage followed by a book-signing. Joining me will be other featured speakers, including Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Helen Caldicott and Frances Moore Lappe. And stop by The Nation‘s booth (#703) to meet writers, staffers and pick up free copies of the magazine! For more on the festival, check out colleague Peter Rothberg’s post, here.
SAVE EARTH DAY. "Instead of rallying public pressure for far-reaching reforms, Earth Day is becoming, at least in the United States, a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt," writes Nation environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard in this week’s issue. In his compelling call-to-action, Hertsgaard reminds us of the critical battles ahead on energy policy and the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline. "We need millions of Americans to stand up and take action, risks and political scalps," he writes. And in this week’s edition of NationConversations, Jane McAlevey argues that a deeper kind of solidarity between labor and environmentalists is urgently needed, a "real blue-green alliance" that can salvage the labor-environmental alliance and, save the planet. Listen to that here.