This week’s tropical storm Cindy is just the latest example that the New Orleans region and the entire Gulf Coast must become better at living with water rather than merely struggling to defeat it. From powerful waves breaking over the sea walls on Lakeshore Drive and in Covington to flooding caused by storm surge in Venetian Isles, Myrtle Grove and Grand Isle, we must employ what the Dutch call “inventive urbanism” to make our towns and cities more resilient.
Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of several organizations, will present “Concert for the Coast” to help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and the critical projects available to restore the coast.
The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department, will host community conversations on climate change, where public health advocates and educators will talk about the negative impacts of climate change in the community and discuss solutions and prevention techniques.
Tulane University will host world-renowned Indian ecofeminist scholar and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva for a speaking event on Thursday, March 23. The “Soil Not Oil” event take places at 8 p.m. on Tulane’s main campus, and Dr. Shiva will speak about about fossil fuel based industrial agriculture, a topic of specific relevance to Louisiana which has long been known for petrochemical production.
Soil Not Oil will take place in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of Tulane’s Lavin Bernick Center (LBC). The university’s main campus is located at 6823 St. Charles Avenue.
Dr. Vandana Shiva has published numerous works on ecofeminism, international development, environmental and human rights, spirituality, agriculture, and biotechnology.
Tulane organizations sponsoring the event include: Environmental Studies Program, Undergraduate Student Government, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (and Dr. Thomas Sherry, the center’s Professor of Social Entrepreneurship), Tulane Green Club, Feminist Alliance of Students at Tulane, Divest Tulane, and also in the Taylor Center.
The American Red Cross labeled it “the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.”
With last week’s devastating floods which displaced more than 40,000 citizens and caused 11 deaths, along with Tuesday’s 47th anniversary of Hurricane Camille and the upcoming 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s citizens should focus on what climate change has already done to our state and their personal responsibility to create a more sustainable future.
A new $51 million drainage project along Martin Luther King Boulevard will help prevent flooding from heavy rains around the Central City area — but instead of simply trying to push water away through underground canals, it will absorb and store it according the most current thinking on stormwater management in New Orleans.
Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy, two local nonprofit organizations, received a total of $250,000 in grant money from the Allianz Katrina Fund to promote sustainable living in Orleans and Jefferson Parish by implementing programs which address energy consumption, water mitigation and fresh food access.
If all goes as planned, the Lower Garden District will soon get a 600-foot-long bioswale along Coliseum Square Park, thanks to money pledged by the Sewerage and Water Board to give the city more green infrastructure.
The nonprofit Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising the community clean-up Tuesday of the historic Valence Cemetery in the Freret neighborhood by trimming ferns, clipping invasive vegetation, and removing trash.
A new mapping tool that collects and visualizes environmental data down to the neighborhood-, street- and property-level will help New Orleans improve the planning of its “green infrastructure” — to cool the city off, manage stormwater runoff, increase bicycle transportation and even protect against storm surge, officials said.
The New Orleans Unit of The Herb Society of America will host their annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be herbs, butterfly plants, annuals and perennials for purchase. The sale will be held rain or shine, and proceeds will benefit local educational programs.
In light of the upcoming COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Alliance Française and the World Trade Center of New Orleans will host an energy efficiency workshop and climate change documentary. This free event takes place this Wednesday, Nov. 18, and will include wine and cheese.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of estimating the risks of flooding around the U.S. With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – much of whose destruction was caused by poorly engineered and maintained levees – we naturally think about the heavy losses to our region, what it has taken to rebuild, and all the people who died or have not been able to return.
Green Light New Orleans, a non-profit looking to make the city more environmentally friendly, will give away free spinach today and host a celebration in support of the Give NOLA fundraising efforts.