The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Happened A Decade Ago. Here’s What I’ve Learned Since Then.

In late April, 2010, I didn’t know what the term “climate change” was. I had a love for Earth, but I didn’t know what was going on in the government or the EPA. I had no idea what BP was back then, and I didn’t have a clue about what the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was. As many of you know, I’m a thirteen year old who cares deeply about the environment, so I was much much younger back then when everything went down. What I’ve learned in the past ten years since the disaster has become information that has proven to become priceless for my future, and it’s good enough to spread on to the world.

I can remember when I first heard about the spill. It was last year in science class, fifth period. My teacher mentioned the spill, and I was curious enough to look up the film that accompanied it right then. I was shocked. When I realized it occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, I was even more surprised. I’ve been there before, I’ve seen oil rigs in the distance on clear days before, and I’ve personally seen tar balls on the shores of “white sand” beaches of resort towns in Florida.

I’ve also learned about this elusive thing called “climate change.” You know, the one that Greta Thunberg is combatting head on? I’ve learned that it’s heating the world, and I have since become an activist against it.

I’ve heard about this thing called BP, a company known for its environmental impact and for its poor safety record.

Since the Deepwater Horizon accident ten years ago, some things have changed, and some things haven’t. But one thing is for sure, everyone will keep on learning about the changing Earth until as far as the eye can see.

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