Starting in the shadow of a steel mill a few miles upstream from the start of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, PA I will spend spring 2011 kayaking to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way I will tell the stories of those human and natural communities along the United States' greatest river corridor.
Last spring when the BP oil spill threatened the Mississippi River delta and the Gulf of Mexico we saw the destructive potential of our combined dependence on fossil fuels. Daily another spill threatens the health of the entire Mississippi River basin--the concentrated effects of industrial production, refining, and extraction that poison the air and water of those who live along the river.
By kayaking downriver with a camera, solar charger, and online access I will share my interactions and experiences with those sustained by the river in regular updates. These updates will provide a voice to those affected by industry and extraction. They will also allow anyone at home to take a virtual trip through middle America. Accessible through online maps, photos, and video. When I reach the Gulf Coast I will leave my boat with a community group that helps protect citizens from industrial pollution.
Kickstarter funds will be used to cover the cost of the boat and paddling equipment (approximately $2000); solar charger, batteries, 3g web access, waterproof cases (approximately $1800); logistical support--charts, return transport from New Orleans, boat/camping fees, food (approximately $1200).
Thanks for checking out my project and for your support.
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