About Gulf Future
The Gulf Future Campaign was created shortly after the BP oil disaster of 2010 with a mission of providing the long-term support needed to protect the environment and the distinct culture of the Gulf Coast for future generations.
On October 4-6, 2010, ninety-five people representing forty-six communities, local, regional, national and international environmental, social justice, and fishermenís groups met at the Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on Weeks Bay, Alabama. Together, we drafted the following set of goals and principles that we believe must guide the recovery and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, our coast and our communities in the wake of the BP drilling disaster. (Read the Weeks Bay Principles here )
Our Collective Goal
The oil is still here and so are we. The diverse communities that live, work, and derive benefit from the Gulf call on government to take responsibility to:
- Make coastal communities whole again;
- Commit to cleaning up and restoring the Gulf;
- Hold BP accountable;
- Ensure local participation in decision-making;
- Conduct short and long-term monitoring; and
- Invest in economic opportunities to support locally-driven, sustainable recovery that restores and enhances Americaís Gulf coast.
In March 2011, these organizations, joined this time by several more, reconvened to develop a plan for action. Building on the Weeks Bay Principles, we set out specific goals for making these principles a reality. These organizations continue to work together in a coordinated effort to bring about meaningful and effective restoration and recovery of our Gulf and our communities.
The Gulf Future Unified Action Plan for a Healthy Gulf was released on April 20, 2011 - on the one year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Click here to read the Gulf Future Action Plan
Click here to read the Progress Report for the Gulf Future Action Plan (released April 2012)