Jonathan Henderson JD, MBA is the Founding President of Vanishing Earth advocacy+consulting+photography. Inspired by witnessing the destruction in his hometown of New Orleans, he joined the fight for oil and gas industry accountability, against wetland destruction and contamination, and for federal climate policy. His work in the field investigating pollution incidents began in earnest just a few days after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico.Throughout 2010, he took approximately 60 trips by air, sea and land to document the environmental impacts as they were unfolding offshore at the site of the downed Deepwater Horizon platform and onshore along Gulf coast. barrier islands, beaches, bays and wetlands. To date, he has filed approximately 100 reports for pollution incidents including leaks from offshore and onshore platforms, pipelines, well-heads, tank batteries, and coal terminals. He has spent countless hours in the field with some of the world’s top experts from the scientific, academic, and environmental NGO communities; flying with the most experienced pilots in the Gulf region; and on the water with captains of charter, shrimp, and oyster boats. Proactive environmental watchdogging is sorely needed in the Gulf region. Jonathan’s reports to the NRC have led to numerous successful investigations by the USCG and other agencies. His photos and video have appeared in countless international, national, and local media stories, as well as numerous documentaries, artistic productions, and books.
Jonathan is a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative of which he served on the interim steering committee, as co-chair of the Advocacy working group, and on the Core Planning Team charged with creating the GNOWC strategic plan. A graduate of Benjamin Franklin Sr. H.S. in New Orleans, Jonathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Louisiana State University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a JD from Southern University Law Center.
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