Coastal community leaders to discuss climate change at Tulane

November 6, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Four leaders from some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable coastal communities will discuss climate change and other environmental issues Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Tulane University.

The panel will be moderated by NPR national correspondent Debbie Elliott, who has covered such issues as the BP oil spill, the disappearing Louisiana coast and post-Katrina New Orleans. It will take place at Freeman Auditorium on the uptown campus.

Speakers include Theresa Dardar, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe and a board member of Gulf Organized Fisheries in Solidarity & Hope in Terrebonne Parish; Tyrone Edwards, a fifth generation resident of Phoenix, Louisiana in Plaquemines Parish and pastor of Zion Travelers Baptist Church; Minh Nguyen, the founder and executive director of VAYLA-New Orleans (Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association) in New Orleans East; and Rosina Philippe, a member of the Atakapa-Ishak Tribe and a community advocate in Grand Bayou Village, also in Plaquemines Parish.

“The four featured speakers have deep connections to the communities they represent — communities that are on the front lines of changes that are coming to residents of New Orleans and coastal cities around the world,” said Tulane history professor Andy Horowitz, who is organizing the program.

“As Louisiana sinks into the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities face wrenching challenges: How do we balance our commitment to the places we live with our need for safety? What is government’s role in this crisis, and what is ours? How can our communities stay connected even as the land under our feet falls apart?”

The event is part of the School of Liberal Arts “The Katrina Disaster Now” series. It is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and WWNO. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a catered reception.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000