BP Oil Spill and Science Fiction

theweeklyansible:

Many science fiction movies, from Gojira, to Godzilla v. the Smog Monster, The Host, Them!, and more, all jump off from the real world situation of industrial disaster, pollution and waste.

The BP oil disaster is truly one of epic proportions. Two years on and the world continues to reel from its effects. The tragedy of it is that Nigeria has experienced an even worse rolling disaster…effectively destroying the environment of the Nigerian Delta, a catastrophe which compelled its residents to rise up in arms to fight back via an insurgency organized under the group, MEND or Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.

TWO YEARS LATER
From April 20th, 2010 through April 5th, 2011 some 1,149 sea turtles washed up along the gulf coast. Of the dead turtles, an overwhelming majority were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the most endangered sea turtle species in the world, which nests only in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last month alone, 40 more dead sea turtles were found on the shores of Mississippi.

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