In the US, Gulf Region residents are counting on President Obama to take
10 steps on climate change that protect our way of life and future.
From Dec. 14-18, 2009, President Obama and the leaders of over 100 nations will hammer
out a climate change treaty in Copenhagen, Denmark. The treaty should function like a global
insurance policy that curbs atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to 350 parts per million and
prioritizes protections for communities in the U.S. and around the world that suffer from
disastrous climate conditions, like hurricanes and severe drought, and are vulnerable to the
harmful effects of climate change and carbon-intensive industries. If we compel our leaders to do
what it takes to protect our human right to live in a healthy environment, we can mitigate
greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change effects.
Mr. Haki Vincent is a member of
Mossville Environmental Action Now, an
environmental justice group fighting for
For Rev. Tyronne About the 10 Steps the human right to live in a healthy
environment. Mr. Vincent's family has
Edwards, climate for Climate Action lived in Mossville, Louisiana since the
change can rob 1800's. But the future of Mossville is
children of a future. In April 2009, Advocates for threatened by the climate change effect
He leads the Zion Environmental Human Rights (“AEHR”) of sea level rise and toxic pollution
Travelers Cooperative co-sponsored the From Katrina to from the Conoco Phillips oil refinery,
Center in Plaquemines Copenhagen Forum in New Orleans. The the Entergy coal-fired power plant, and
Parish, Louisiana twelve other oil-based chemical
forum brought together Gulf Region manufacturing facilities.
which gives children residents who are leaders of organizations dedicated to disaster recovery,
the opportunity to racial and gender justice, indigenous rights, reproductive justice,
enjoy and learn about environmental justice, renewable energy and energy efficiency, community
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their fragile sustainability, coastal restoration, and water resource preservation.
ecosystem so that Post Together, we analyzed the scientific research on climate change. We also
they can grow up to
make wisediscussed how the climate change effect of sea level rise and stronger storms would
Dec. 16-18, 2009 the ongoing erosion of coastal lands and toxic pollution from carbon-intensive
industries that threaten the survival of our communities.
AEHR convened follow-up sessions to build consensus on
the key elements that must be part of a national and Mr. Felton Billiot, a member of the
international climate change policy to ensure that United Houma Nation, at the annual
communities are safe, healthy, and thriving. The 10 Steps Elders Festival in Houma, Louisiana.
for Climate Action grew out of this process. AEHR has The preservation of indigenous
traveled to Copenhagen to advocate for the 10 Steps and cultural traditions is threatened by
build alliances with people around the world at the UN oil and gas drilling infrastructure
Climate Change Conference. and unsustainable flood control
projects that have destroyed coastal
lands in the Gulf Region of the
United States. Coastal communities
are also vulnerable to the climate
change effect of sea level rise and
Coastal Women for Change Director
Sharon Hanshaw and Biloxi Councilman AEHR Policy & Campaign Coordinator
Bill Stallworth work to help families Michele Roberts at the UN Climate
in Biloxi, Mississippi who suffer the Change Conference in Copenhagen,
effects of internal displacement Denmark.
triggered by Hurricane Katrina.