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While there has been good news lately about attempts to contain the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf after nearly three months, the region's real recovery is only just beginning. Now, in a newly-released PSA for a grassroots effort called Restore the Gulf (www.restorethegulf.com), celebrities, many with personal ties to the ravaged coast, are asking fans to help.
The PSA, first seen on UsWeekly.com, features Sandra Bullock (who recently bought a home in Louisiana), Dave Matthews, Alfre Woodard, Lenny Kravitz (who took part in the Larry King Live telethon for the oil spill last month), Emeril Lagasse (who based his first restaurant in New Orleans), Blake Lively, John Goodman, Alfre Woodard, Eli and Peyton Manning, James Carville, Harry Shearer, Bryan Batt (Mad Men) and Wendell Pierce (Treme), among others.
The clip begins with Bullock, Lively, and Pierce holding up a single finger, followed by a plea for viewers to sign an online petition urging long-term funding for restoration and protection of the Gulf Coast that will be delivered to Congress. (Watch the full PSA below.)
The environmental damage hits especially close to home for Pierce, a New Orleans native whose HBO show, Treme (costarring Goodman, a Missouri native and New Orleans resident), is set in the Big Easy. In addition, Batt, Carville, and the Manning brothers all hail from the area.
For several of the stars, the TV appeal comes on top of other charitable efforts in recent months. Bullock performed at a June benefit concert for the Nashville floods, and Matthews, long an advocate for environmental causes, took part in the Haiti relief telethon, which raised millions earlier this year.
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