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Raised by 41 people in 40 months
Jonathan Henderson's VANISHING EARTH, advocacy + consulting + photography

Friends, I am embarking on a new journey in my life, and I am asking for your support. The time has come to expand upon all my years of environmental work experience and passion. With your generous investment in our future, I will launch VANISHING EARTH, advocacy + consulting + photography, advancing the fight for a clean environment.

After witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, I began pursuing my life's calling-fighting for a healthy environment. Earning my MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and graduation from Southern University Law Center was followed with a brief stint in Public Relations before joining the Gulf Restoration Network . By air, sea, and land, for years I have been, and continue documenting the rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands, barrier islands, and coastal communities across the northern Gulf of Mexico, especially in Louisiana. This documentation process is far more than just a way of preserving the memory of communities that are simply washing away and vanishing: I have developed and honed my special talents for finding, documenting, and reporting pollution incidents in remote areas of the Gulf coast, like leaks from oil production platforms, wellheads, and pipeline ruptures, as well as illegal coal and petroleum coke discharges from coal export terminals on the Mississippi River and Mobile Bay. To date, I have successfully located, documented, and filed approximately 100 formal Incident Reports with the National Response Center , which have assisted agencies like the United States Coast Guard in investigating and stopping leaks. In 2010, literally knee-deep in the BP disaster, I spent countless days at great personal health risk ground-truthing what was REALLY happening to our beloved Gulf region. Just days after the Deepwater Horizon sank, I flew over it taking pictures and video, followed by countless dozens of trips documenting the BP disaster impacts with thousands of photos and video clips and continued to do so even after the well was capped. You can say I learned how to do all of this "on the fly." But our work, our vigilance and our mission is far from over. YOUR SUPPORT FOR VANISHING EARTH WILL ALLOW THIS IMPORTANT WORK AND MORE TO CONTINUE, NOW AND IN THE YEARS TO COME.

I have had the privilege to learn from some of the world's most renowned scientists, photographers, filmmakers, writers and advocates. My work over the last few years has appeared in countless international , national, and local media stories, as well as numerous documentaries, artistic productions, and books. VANISHING EARTH will continue providing interviews, photos, video, oil samples, and guidance. (Below are a few links to just some of the media stories and productions that I have contributed to, as well as a few photos of my work in the field.)

Your investment in our future will provide the seed money, tools, and resources needed to launch this new endeavor. Through VANISHING EARTH, we will be able to generate revenue through the sale of some of our beautiful and compelling aerial images such as vanishing wetlands, Pelican rookeries, barrier islands, and oil leaks. The market for these works exists: various galleries both in the U.S. and abroad are interested in having us exhibit our images. In fact, I have been given an exciting initial opportunity to showcase my work at a very high profile event and venue, (the annual  ANBA DLO Festival at the New Orleans Healing Center) on October 17th of this year in New Orleans. However, YOUR INVESTMENT IS NEEDED NOW to purchase the supplies necessary to see this and other important projects through. With additional revenue generated through environmental consulting contracts and grants, books and documentary films, VANISHING EARTH will be able to operate as an essential source for media and assist with the production of compelling stories about environmental issues as well as continue to provide guided tours by air and sea. Your support will help me continue to be an unyielding and fierce advocate for our environment. Please invest today, and please share my campaign with others.

Jonathan Henderson, JD, MBA

A Sampling of Photos:

A small collection from hundreds of media stories involving my work:

Offshore oil and gas industry adapts, but risks remain 10 years after Katrina
As Louisiana's coast shrinks, a political fight grows

Offshore fracking: Questions about its extent, oversight

Secrecy Shrouds Decade-Old Gulf of Mexico Spill

Hurricane season brings fears of massive Deepwater Horizon oiling in Gulf of Mexico

BP Really Wants You to Think the Gulf Is OK

Coast Guard: Fire on gulf oil platform; 28 evacuated

US Interior Department Compelled to Reveal Extent of Fracking in Gulf of Mexico

Collision on river causes fuel oil leak near Convent

Questions Remain Over U.S. Preparedness for the Next Oil Spill

For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

Can Louisiana Hold Oil Companies Accountable For Its Vanishing Coastline?

Don't drill in the Arctic

Volunteers use airborne patrols, satellite photos to spot oil spills along Louisiana coast

Naomi Klein on how fossil fuels threaten our ability to have healthy children

Naomi Klein: the hypocrisy behind the big business climate change battle

Natural gas leak in Gulf of Mexico causes 'rainbow sheen' in water

The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill

Oil, coal spills contaminate Louisiana in Isaac's wake

More than 12.9 million gallons of water pollution dumped into Gulf during Hurricane Issac, report says

Pipeline Panel Dissects Big Oil Lawsuit

Natural gas rig explodes, partially collapses in Gulf. How big a disaster?

Lawsuit proceeds against Taylor Energy over a 9-year Gulf leak

Is oil still leaking from BP's Gulf disaster site?

Hurricane Isaac: BP Oil May Be Resurfacing In Aftermath Of Storm

Massive oil spill spreads in Gulf of Mexico

Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

Brown oil and silvery sheen

Federal Toxic Pollution Website Down for Months, Leaving Eco-Groups in the Dark

'This Is Not Over': Gulf Life Still Reeling From Toxic BP Spill
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In solidarity with the Paris Climate Talks Activists. Give 'em hell!

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Things are happening thanks to your generous support. Today, I posted my first blog on my new website (still under renovation, but accessible). Please have a look and feel free to share far and wide as it's an important investigative story.
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Greetings friends and family,

I just wanted to share a quick update on some of my recent work. Below are a few links to recent news stories that I was interviewed in and/or provided footage, or assisted with the production. Just thought I would share these since they are all pretty new. I hope everyone is well and I look forward to sharing more in the near future. Thanks for supporting me!

Vice News:


Facing South:

A blog I wrote:

Governing Magazine:

Times Picayune:

Another by MSNBC:

The New Orleans Advocate:
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Quick update! On Monday, August 17th, (despite being in a great deal of pain from my recent accident) I discovered and documented several leaks. The first half of the day I was on a boat and found a ruptured pipeline.The second half of the day I was in a plane and spotted oil leaks. I filed reports with the Coast Guard and sent them geotagged photos. Through your support of Vanishing Earth, I will do even more of this watchdogging and investigating and will soon be launching a website and blog where I will provide more in-depth updates as well as post more photos and videos. Thanks for your support and please share!
Ruptured Pipeline in Bayou Perot
Oil leak in Gulf of Mexico
Map of Monday's flight route
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Raised by 41 people in 40 months
Created August 3, 2015
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11 months ago
Renate Heurich
37 months ago

You absolutely should go to Paris with your knowledge and your very impressive pictures! How far are you away from your goal? I'll be in Paris for the first week. Please let me know if I can help you with anything.

37 months ago
Alex Messerli
38 months ago

Keep truckin brother!!

Matt, Beth & Arlo Rota
38 months ago

Kick some ass, Jonathan.

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