On April 20, 2010, Ryan Reynolds was filming "Green Lantern" in Louisiana when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig burst into flames and the Macondo well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Reynolds immediately spoke out about the need to clean up the region's coast and protect its community. Now, on the one-year anniversary of the spill, the actor is urging the world to remember what happened, and, as he writes in a new piece for Life Magazine, learn something from the events.
"I fell in love with Louisiana because of the spirit of the people -- their love of culture, music, art, and tradition," the actor explains. "My first reaction when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded was shock about the 11 people who lost their lives, combined with sympathy for their families. Those feelings quickly turned to anger at BP and the other companies that allowed this to happen." Reynolds goes on to point out that BP has yet to compensate thousands of victims who lost their livelihoods due to the spill, and that the Gulf's fragile ecosystem remains severely damaged. "We need to break our addiction [from oil]," he writes, "and move toward a clean energy economy." (Life)