The 1969 Blowout and the Birth of the Environmental Movement

Posted on Jan 8 by SEASONS Magazine

Marc McGinnes, Professor Emeritus and a founding member of UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies Program, courtesy photo.

Marc McGinnes, Professor Emeritus and a founding member of UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies Program, courtesy photo.

Recollections and Observations of an Environmental Elder: A conversation with Marc McGinnes

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara

When: Thursday, January 10, at 7 p.m.

Doors open to SBMM Members at 6:15 p.m. and to non-members at 6:45 p.m.

Cost: $10 (SBMM Members) ⬧ $20 (Non-members)

Register: www.sbmm.org or 805/456-8747

Sponsored by: Marie L. Morrisroe

50 years ago, in January and February of 1969, a blow-out on Union Oil’s Platform A released 80,000-100,000 barrels of crude oil into the Santa Barbara Channel, covering the coast from Goleta to Ventura and the Channel Islands, killing thousands of sea birds, fish and marine mammals, such as dolphins and seals. Public outrage led to environmental legislation and the modern environmental movement. Now that numerous recently released reports have indicated how critical the protection of our environment is, it is important to look back at the history of our concerns. In that context, Marc McGinnes, Professor Emeritus and a founding member of UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies Program, will discuss the central role that the Santa Barbara community has played in launching and sustaining the environmental movement during the past 50 years, as well as the work of the environmental movement in Santa Barbara and beyond during the coming 50 years.

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