Energy Future New Orleans
EFNO is a coalition of diverse people and organizations dedicated to making New Orleans an equitable and renewable energy city for present and future generations.
EFNO stood in opposition to the Entergy gas plant based on well-researched data showing that it would not work on its own, as claimed by Entergy; and facts that Entergy did not evaluate the alternative energy options ordered by the Council, chose a site that would expose Black and Vietnamese-American residents to harmful toxins, and would increase climate pollution.
Visit their page: https://www.efno.org
Mississippi River Network
The Mississippi River Network (MRN) is a coalition of 58 organizations dedicated to creating a healthier Mississippi River by working for the well-being of the people, land, water, and wildlife of America’s largest watershed.
The Network also advances its goal for a healthier Mississippi River by supporting 1 Mississippi with important River science and policy information. 1 Mississippi is a public outreach program of MRN and is a growing national movement of over 20,000 River Citizens —people dedicated to protecting the River by taking simple actions.
The MRN was founded in 2005 on the premise of four central tenets the People, Land, Water, and Wildlife Goals.
Visit their page: https://mississippiriver.org
Photo from MRN 2023 Annual Conference
Rise Saint James
Rise St. James is a faith-based grassroots organization that is fighting for environmental justice as it works to defeat the proliferation of petrochemical industries in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Nicknamed “Cancer Alley” for the above-average rates of cancer there, the area is home to a high concentration of polluting industries. Despite this, the state has plans to expand this chemical corridor with dozens more factories. Led by Sharon Lavigne, 2021’s Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Rise St. James galvanized community opposition and successfully defeated the construction of a $1.25 billion plastics manufacturing plant in 2018. The group is currently fighting to prevent Formosa Plastics from building a massive multibillion-dollar plastics plant in the parish.
Visit their page here: https://risestjames.org
Healthy Gulf’s programs focus on a just transition that moves us away from extractive systems of energy production, consumption, and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies.
A vision-led, unifying, and place-based set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. A just transition must be just and equitable. It must redress past harms and create new relationships of power for the future. It moves us away from extractive systems of production, consumption, and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative, and equitable economies.
Visit their page here: https://healthygulf.org
Gulf South for a Green New Deal (#GulfSouth4GND) is a regional formation of more than 350 organizations advancing long-existing work towards climate, racial, and economic justice in five states and one colonial territory across the Gulf South.
Rooted in bottom-up organizing and driven by frontline leadership, we move together on policy, regional action campaigns, and strategic communications. As the nation’s first formation advancing a regional vision for a just climate transition, we are committed to the realization of a uniquely Gulf South version of a Green New Deal that is anchored in the histories, realities, and power of the region.
Visit their page here: https://www.gulfsouth4gnd.org/la4gnd
Louisiana Against False Solutions
The Louisiana Against False Solutions (LAFS) coalition is a group of more than 20 organizations leading in Louisiana and nationally for environmental, racial, and social justice. LAFS includes expertise across a range of disciplines: law, environmental science, geology, steel and materials scientists, traditional and Indigenous knowledge-holders, experienced campaigners, fisherfolk, and frontline communities.
Visit their page here: https://www.lagainstfalsesolutions.org
An alliance of groups and individuals led by Russel Honoré fighting for clean air, clean water, and healthy communities in Louisiana.
Visit their page here: https://gogreenarmy.org
Our mission is to transform urban communities from within. Through this mission, the organization seeks to develop and mobilize a critical mass of engaged citizens to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges.
Visit their page here: https://metromorphosis.net/who-we-are/
Green The Church
Green The Church is a sustainability initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose of the Black Church Community and expand the role of churches as centers for environmental and economic resilience. As The Environmental Organization of the Black Church, we strive to teach faith communities, environmental organizations, and individual practitioners how to work in concert in order to "Green" The Black Church. Green The Church was created and developed by Carroll Ministries
Visit their page here: https://www.greenthechurch.org
Early 2020 and on, Louisiana has faced a combination of social, human health, economic, political, and environmental crises which are unprecedented for modern times. These challenges compounded injury and pain for many:
A global pandemic with unprecedented hospitalization rates, mortality statistics, and unknown long-term impacts on the human body; as well as the economic hardship that accompanies it.
Unjust and deadly police-related incidents widely observed through social media, sparking public protests, garnering broad support under the banner Black Lives Matter—and reminding Baton Rougeans about the death of Alton Sterling in 2016.
Threats to constitutional governance as evidenced by attempted disenfranchisement and actual insurrection at statehouses and Congress.
Climate change impact and the associated storms, both summer, and winter, that wreak havoc on communities, especially those with insufficient resources and/or living in coastal areas susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms.
Visit their page here: https://www.onerouge.org
One Lake (Option C) is a real estate development masquerading as flood control. It is the worst environmentally damaging project that no one has heard of.
The organizations opposing this project are a diverse coalition. They include the Sierra Club, Orleans Audubon, Healthy Gulf, Pearl Riverkeeper, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Audubon Delta, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Downriver governments are also opposing it because of the damage that will occur to the hydrology of the Pearl River Basin and the disturbance to toxic waste sites that would result should this project be approved. Representative Malinda White's (Washington Parish) scoping letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers is attached
This is an issue that affects two states and clearly demonstrates that environmental problems do not recognize borders . The project would be constructed near Jackson, Mississippi but affect the Pearl River down through Louisiana and to the gulf.
Pearl River is named number 3 on the American Rivers 2023 Most Endangered Rivers list
Press release by American Rivers: https://www.americanrivers.
More from American Rivers: https://mostendangeredrivers.
Nutshell Summary of the problem by LWF: https://lawildlifefed.org/
This is not an exhaustive list and we thank all of our partners!