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Alumna aids Gulf Coast clean up, encourages environmental stewardship

July 22, 2010

  • A rehabilitated Northern Gannet, cleaned and ready for release (Photos courtesy The WIP and Danielle Johnson)
  • A Least Tern being washed by Danielle Johnson B.A. ’09
  • Danielle Johnson B.A. ’09

Danielle Johnson B.A. ’09 reflects on the impact of humans on the natural world in a poignant dispatch from the Gulf Coast.

Johnson is spending her summer working for the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Theodore, Alabama, rehabilitating seabirds affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Writing for Women’s International Perspective news service, Johnson offers the following account of her experiences in the Gulf region:

“I have learned more in the past few weeks than I imagined was possible. But perhaps, my greatest insight is about the power, influence, and impact of humans on the world around us. I am grateful everyday to be able to be a part of a relief effort for a disaster that, as a consumer and car owner, I helped cause.”

Johnson is pursuing a Master of Public Administration in International Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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