Hurricane Preparedness Digital Care Package

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Hurricane Preparedness Digital Care Package

June 1st marks the beginning of what is predicted to be an active hurricane season. All coastal residents should be prepared and follow guidance from local and state officials on how to stay safe in the face of hurricanes and Covid-19. This is also a good time to reflect on the fact that Black, Vietnamese, and Indigenous communities are at greater risk of experiencing the impacts of both a hurricane and our current pandemic. What can you do to help …

Earth Day Care Package

04.21.2020 | Posted by Earth Day Care Package

In these unprecedented times, many of us are searching for connection and a way to feel grounded. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here are a few tools to help connect with our incredible planet and reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us. Did you miss our first Coastal Care Package? Be sure to catch up on all the great coastal content here! Exploring the Coast | Discover A New Podcast | Get Outside | For the Kids …

Coastal Care Package

03.25.2020 | Posted by Coastal Care Package

Louisiana boasts a beautiful landscape unique to our home. From the cypress trees (and knees!) of the marsh to towering live oaks in our parks, we have a state worth exploring — and protecting. We hope this care package can provide a much-needed break and allows you to dive into our roots no matter where you are. Skip to a section Exploring the Coast | Curl Up with a New Read | Quick Reads | Watch Coastal Films and Chill …

If you care about our coast or fishing, you should know about Hydrocoast!

10.28.2019 | Posted by John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Louisiana’s coast is dynamic. This simple but profoundly important trait of coastal Louisiana is largely due to the fact that water is always moving around our coast. This plays out in a variety of ways in our coastal estuaries, where fresh water from the Mississippi River mixes with salty water from the Gulf. Rain falls, and rivers flood fresh water areas. An east wind blows, and an extra high tide pushes salty Gulf water inland. Every day, the tides driven …

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Good Food and Good Times for a Healthier Coast

03.01.2019 | By Chris Haines & Bill Haines, Meraux Foundation

Second Annual Cook-off for the Coast Triples Last Year’s Funds Raised This blog has also been published at MerauxFoundation.org and The St. Bernard Voice. We all know our coast and wetlands are in significant danger, but what can we as individuals do about it? Well, true to St. Bernard’s heritage of amazing food and caring people, crowds dug in at the second annual Cook-off for the Coast at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm on February 9th. Cook teams from throughout the …

Congress is Setting Out to Tackle Climate Change and Coastal Louisiana is in the Spotlight.

02.26.2019 | Posted by Grace Tucker, Program Coordinator, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Earlier this month, the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hosted a hearing on “Healthy Oceans and Healthy Communities: the State of our Oceans in the 21st Century.” This was one in a series of hearings hosted by the House Committee on Natural Resources, all discussing climate change and its impacts. And at this hearing, the story of coastal Louisianans was front and center. To learn more about the impacts of climate change on coastal and fishing communities, the …

Bringing Louisiana’s Coast to the Mountains at the Aspen Ideas Festival

07.18.2018 | Posted by Jacques P. Hebert, Communications Manager, Coastal Resilience and Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

Originally posted by Audubon Louisiana on July 16, 2018. Last month, I had the opportunity to represent Audubon Louisiana in Aspen, Colorado, at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Produced by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Aspen Ideas Festival is a gathering of leaders from across industries, nonprofit organizations and government aimed at tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day. Over 3,000 attendees from around the world descended on Aspen “to engage in deep and inquisitive discussions of the …

While Land Washes Away, How Do We Save Louisiana’s Cultural Heritage?

05.21.2018 | By Brian E. Ostahowski, President, Louisiana Archaeological Society

The State of the Coast conference brings policymakers, stakeholders and technical experts together to share their research and vision for coastal Louisiana’s future in the face of our land loss crisis. Amongst the efforts focused on preserving the future of coastal Louisiana and its communities are researchers focused on preserving its cultural heritage. Our cultural heritage is spread out across the coast in the form of many different cultural resources: historic buildings, traditional cultural properties, sacred sites, archaeological sites and …

25 Ways We Can Build a More Resilient New Orleans

04.27.2018 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Deputy Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

This week, the National Wildlife Federation and Tulane University released a report of recommendations for how the City of New Orleans can build a more resilient future in the face of coastal land loss and rising seas. The report was developed during a convening of 40 coastal leaders. National Wildlife Federation and Tulane hosted the event, facilitated by the City of New Orleans. Participants brought expertise from the economic, policy, social, and technical perspectives to a day of thoughtful and …

“Tree Planting in the Swamps,” a Poem by Reverend Seamus Doyle

03.01.2018 | By Reverend Seamus Doyle,St. John's Episcopal Church

I first came to Louisiana from Ireland in 1974 and fell in love with the people, the food and the land. Over the next forty years, I have travelled most of the USA and lived for stretches in various places; but my heart was in Louisiana, and finally I returned home. Some years ago, I read “Bayou Farewell” by Mike Tidwell and felt a great sadness for the loss of the land, for the forced migration of communities. It is …

World Wetlands Day 2018: #KeepUrbanWetlands

02.02.2018 | Posted by

Today is World Wetlands Day! The theme this year, “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future,” hits very close to home. After all, New Orleans is a coastal city! Our surrounding wetlands create a vital line of defense against storm surge and rising seas. To celebrate World Wetlands Day, keep reading to learn a little more about our critical wetlands and what you can do to protect them. Is New Orleans really a coastal city? Our coast loses a football field …

Hog Heaven: Cooking and Eating Our Way to a Healthier Coast

12.22.2017 | By Jasmine Nielsen, Food Systems, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management Consultant

More than 400 people convened at Docville Farm in Violet, Louisiana on November 18th for the first annual Cook-Off for the Coast. This tailgate party raised awareness of coastal restoration efforts—a cause close to southern Louisianians’ hearts and homes. As Jessica Vallelungo, Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the St. Bernard Parish Schools and a St. Bernard native, tells it, “In my lifetime, I’ve seen the erosion. I’ve seen the changes in the landscape, especially post-Katrina. The first time I …

Stewards of Creation

11.02.2017 | By the Rev. Dan Krutz, Executive Director, Louisiana Interchurch Conference

The Louisiana Interchurch Conference (LIC) was formed to serve in part as a collective voice of a significant portion of the Christian churches and faith communities in our state. In the 1980s the attention of the conference turned to the coast and the loss of land along the coastal parishes. The LIC joined its corporate voice with others in advocating for ways to restore the coast and to draw attention to the call of all Christians to be good stewards …

A Waterfront Stroll: New Orleans and the Mississippi River

10.04.2017 | By Nathan Lott, Director of the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

On a sunny morning, a crowd of 20 odd people gathered outside the Old U.S. Mint at the foot of Esplanade Avenue. Designed by William Strickland, the c. 1838 Mint exemplifies the Greek revival style popular among the Americans who flocked to New Orleans following the Louisiana Purchase. Today it houses the New Orleans Jazz Museum, host of the annual Downriver Festival celebrating the Mississippi River’s contributions to Louisiana’s cultural and culinary traditions. We descended into Crescent Park, where a …

Help Us Celebrate National Estuaries Week

09.18.2017 | Posted by Victoria Sagrera, Special Projects Coordinator, Restore or Retreat

Do you love your local estuary? Restore or Retreat sure does!  And what better way to spread that estuarine ecosystem love than during National Estuaries Week?! Restore or Retreat (ROR) is a non-profit coastal advocacy group created in 2000 by coastal Louisiana residents and stakeholders who recognize that the Barataria and Terrebonne estuaries are among the most beautiful ecosystems in America. Unfortunately, these estuaries are rapidly eroding, creating  an economic and ecological crisis. As part of ROR’s mission, we seek to …