Like many, I've been following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as if Grand Isle were my backyard. This widespread sense of personal frustration and outrage—as if we've all been directly victimized by BP—has certainly helped turn this particular spill into the most widely-reported environmental story of a generation.

Jamie Henn of has been thinking about this as well, and in a piece for YES! Magazine asked a critical question that demands reflection: Why doesn't every environmental challenge in the world feel just as personal?

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