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					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.
   The Copenhagen
 ecosystem so that Post Together, we analyzed the scientific research on climate change. We also
 they can grow up to
             15 Post”)
 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
                                                                stronger storms.

 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.

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