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Sierra Club Award For Carol Adams-Davis continues

On April 20th, 2010, priorities on the Gulf Coast changed overnight. The BP oil spill wasn’t just an industrial accident that temporarily threatened the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coastlines. It was an environmental catastrophe of proportions that may take many decades to measure and understand.

Since the BP oil spill, Carol Adams-Davis has studied all aspects and ramifications of the BP oil spill, and she continues to be well informed on the subject. She represents Sierra Club and other environmental organizations at public forums including those sponsored by BP, the Coast Guard, EPA, NOAA, the Department of Interior, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and environmental and academic groups, and through her knowledge and public speaking skills, has contributed to the continuing resolution of this crisis.

Regarding the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast natural resource damage assessment, community response, recovery, and restoration, Carol Adams-Davis has represented the Sierra Club voice at the table by attending dozens and dozens and dozens of in and out of town taskforce meetings, conference calls, workshop collaborations, hearings, commissions, conferences, and deliberations. Representing Sierra Club, Carol has collaborated with individuals and organizations across the full range of disciplines touched by the spill, and broadened our understanding of its impacts. Through Carol Adams-Davis, Alabama Chapter Sierra Club and Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club are part of several coalitions to help address the problems, solutions, and plans of recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast region. She helped draft the Weeks Bay Principles, which are guidelines and principles for the recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico post BP deep-water oil drilling disaster.  These principles present a unified vision that will guide our restoration work towards healthy natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico region, including Gulf communities, wildlife, and unique cultures.

A representative from each of the following organizations or communities helped draft The Weeks Bay Principles for Gulf Recovery and form an ongoing group alliance:

* Alabama Chapter Sierra Club, * Apalachicola Riverkeeper, * Asian Americans for Change - Gulf Coast Angels, * Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO), * Delta Chapter (Louisiana), Sierra Club, * Emerald Coastkeeper* Environment America, * Equity and Inclusion Campaign, * Galveston Baykeeper, * Grand Bayou Community United, *Greenpeace, * Guardians of the Gulf, * Gulf Islands Conservancy, * Gulf Restoration Network, * Joe Yerkes, Florida Fisherman, * Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, * Louisiana Association of Family Fishermen, * Louisiana Bayoukeeper, * Louisiana Environmental Action Network, * Louisiana Shrimpers Association, * Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper, * Mississippi Center for Justice, * Mississippi Chapter, Sierra Club, * Mobile Baykeeper, * Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club, * National Wildlife Federation, * Natural Resources Defense Council, * Oceana, * Oxfam America, * River Network, *Sassafrass, * Sierra Club Environmental Justice and Community Partnership Program, * South Bay Communities Alliance, * South Walton Community Council, * Southwings, * Surfrider Foundation, * Turkey Creek Community Initiative, * Waterkeeper Alliance / Save Our Gulf.

Carol continues to join a weekly conference call with these representatives to discuss ongoing Gulf restoration issues and principles.

As a representative of Sierra Club, Carol Adams-Davis was asked to be an advising member of the Healthy Environment Committee of Governor Bob Riley's Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama. The Commission’s responsibility was to propose strategies for strengthening Alabama’s coastal region to be more resilient in the face of challenges after the BP oil spill. Committee members worked for three months to draft this report. The report entitled, “A Roadmap to Resilience: Towards A Healthier Environment, Society and Economy for Coastal Alabama” is available online
Representing Sierra Club, Carol Adams-Davis has supported and worked to form a Partnership Coalition to Build 100 Miles of Oyster Reefs and Plant and Promote 1000 Acres of Marsh. “100-1000:Restore Coastal Alabama” is a public/private partnership for restoration of Alabama's Gulf Coast. “100-1000:Restore Coastal Alabama” Partners are:

*Alabama Coastal Foundation, *Alabama State Chapter Sierra Club, Alabama Wildlife Federation, *Auburn University, *Boat People S.O.S., *Coastal Land Trust, *Coastal Land Trust, *Dauphin Island Sea Lab, *Ducks Unlimited, *Envision Coastal Alabama, *Hand Arendall, LLC, *Hands On South Alabama, *Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club, *Mobile Baykeeper,  *Mobile County Wildlife and Conservation Association, *One World Adventure Company, *The Ocean Foundation, *Oxfam International, *Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, *National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, *National Wildlife Federation, *The Nature Conservancy, *Partners for Environmental Progress, *U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, *University of South Alabama, *Weeks Bay Foundation
Since the BP oil spill, Carol and many Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club volunteers have worked in the waters of Mobile Bay to build oyster reefs that will create the conditions needed to plant, support and promote more than 1000 acres of coastal marsh and sea grass.

Carol continues to be the Alabama Sierra Club representative to National Sierra Club’s Gulf Crisis Leadership Team, led by Jill Mastrototaro, Senior Field Organizing Manager, Sierra Club, New Orleans, Louisiana Office.

Carol is now incouraging the Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club to join in the creation of alliances that will continue to focus attention on environmental issues, which have the greatest potential to unite Alabama in the pursuit of an economy that is founded on the principle: “protecting the environment leads to economic sustainability”. After the BP oil spill ramifications, more people of the Gulf Coast communities understand that the wise use of energy and resources can lead to a sustainable future and that the environmental solution can create the stable jobs of the future.

Carol Adams-Davis serves as Vice Chair, Program Chair, and Publicity Chair of Mobile Bay Sierra Club and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Chapter Sierra Club.