Gulf coast kids question BP about oil spill disaster

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - BP came face to face Tuesday with dozens of kids who had a lot to ask and say about the massive oil spill. The Moss Point Visionary Circle hosted the meeting so little ones could get a better understanding of the Coastal Crisis.

The Sue Ellen Gym was packed with little bright eyed kids who were eager to ask BP's Ruth Rendon questions about the oil.

"What caused the oil to spill?" one child asked.

"We have a lot of investigation, the federal government and different agencies to find to why that happened. We don't know at this point," Rendon said.

The kids also had lots of questions about wildlife. Many said they're worried about the damage the oil is doing to the animals on the coast.

"If you see them [animals] in distress, please let us know and we will do our best to save them," Rendon said.

This is the first time many of the little ones have ever had a chance to talk about the environmental disaster. Organizer Darlene Cater said she finds a lot of them are scared and they need to know what's going on.

"We underestimate our children, but our children had some very powerful questions today. Very simplistic questions, but very powerful questions," Carter said.

Giving the coast kids a chance to voice their concerns about this Coastal Crisis will hopefully encourage them to take special care of their environment in the future.

"The children are the ones who are going to have to deal with this in the next 10, to 15, to 20 years," Carter said.

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