Today marks the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that took the lives of 11 oil rig workers, and the resulting oil spill which is still killing endangered marine animals to this day.
For over 80 days during the spring and summer of 2010, BP's Macondo well spewed over 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It is the worst environmental disaster in American history.
To honor the lives, ecosystems, and livelihoods lost because of the oil industry's gross negligence and disregard for environmental protections, here are 10 of the most shocking photos to emerge from oil spill coverage.
No matter how small we may feel in the face of opposing forces, we must continue to sound the alarm.
No matter how many people laugh at the notion that solar, wind, and geothermal energy are capable of powering our world, we must continue to educate and evangelize the public about the end of oil.
No matter how the media ignores the ongoing reports of death and devastation in the Gulf, we must continue to tell these stories and take these pictures.
We must speak for the animals who have no voice, and take action for the unborn generations whose future depends on the decisions we make today. They are our only hope.
Image Credits: Flickr - deepwaterhorizonresponse
Oiled Pelican: enviroterrorist.files.wordpress.com
Workers: Audubon Society via earthrehab.files.wordpress.com