Inspiring environmental advocate – Rikki Ott

Life After an Environmental Disaster – What Can the People of Louisianna Learn from the Exxon Valdez? Listen to the podcast to hear this articulate and passionate environmental activist.

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As a young woman, marine biologist Ricki Ott fell in love with the remote community of Cordova, on Prince William sound in Alaska. At the age of twenty nine, with a PhD in Marine Toxicology in hand, she left her home in Wisconsin, with plans of becoming a Commercial Fisher. Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Doing what she loved.

But on one fateful day in 1989, of course, everything changed. That was the day of the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill. At the time, it was the most horrendous environmental catastrophe in American history. And it set Rikki Ott’s life on a different path.

From that day until this, she has fought tirelessly for justice for the people and the environment of her small town.

More recently, she has just returned from three weeks visiting Louisianna and Alabama. She’s been speaking with some of the people who for generations have made their livelihood from the bountiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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