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Published on Apr 1, 2015
Narrated by Matt Damon, "Dispatches 1" is a one-hour documentary that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. That’s when the world's ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.
Today, a global team of scientists is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Dispatches from the Gulf" is a multimedia initiative featuring documentaries, short videos, and podcasts that examine science, innovation, community, and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Part of the award-winning Journey to Planet Earth documentary series that is designed to help viewers understand and cope with the most important environmental issues of the 21st century.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology, and history. A common thread runs throughout — the necessity to achieve a balance between the needs of people and the needs of the environment. It provides a powerful mosaic of how the Earth works as an interrelated system.