A massive oil slick caused by the BP oil drilling platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the U.S. Gulf Coast. Efforts are already underway to protect sensitive ecological areas. Many organizations are preparing to mobilize along the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida to help rescue animals and wildlife. The potential flooding poses a serious threat to fisherman's livelihoods, marine habitats, beaches, wildlife and human health.
Donate to one of the charities below that is preparing to help with the clean-up efforts or search for volunteer opportunities .
Photo is from Flickr by Greenpeace USA 2010