Welcome to Children of the Spills

This a project to gather and share the stories of young people affected by oil spills.  At this time nearly 50 interviews have been conducted with young people from Cordova, Anchorage, Kodiak, Akhiok, Seldovia, Port Graham, Nanwalek, and Homer, Alaska. On this website, you can access text, audio, video, and photographs from many of these young people who have been affected by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill that took place in Prince William Sound in 1989.

In an effort to link stories across geography and generations, Children of the Spills spent the spring of 2012 visiting coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that were and continue to be affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010.  In these communities, we worked through schools, youth groups, and other community organizations to share the stories of Alaskan young people and gather the stories of local students and kids through interviews, conversations, and artwork.  More than 400 kids participated in the project, and we had many opportunities to share the stories from Alaska with teachers, parents, and community members as well. 

Generous support from The Ocean Foundation, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, Cook InletKeeper, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer Incentive Trust, South Louisiana Presbytery and many local individuals have provided the funds needed to begin the project. Children of the Spills is currently seeking further funding to support the project’s efforts to share the interviews and artwork collected with a broader audience.  Please contact us if you have suggestions for further distribution of these stories, or if you would like to support our efforts.