New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke before the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority this week in an effort to urge action on climate. Louisiana is at the forefront of climate change, with much of the state threatened by rising sea levels and more severe weather events. Because of this, Mayors like Landrieu are working to get state leaders to invest in solutions that can be quickly implemented and have a real impact.
While addressing climate change, the Mayor is speaking to solutions that will positively affect the lives of residents, families and businesses in the state. Mayors throughout the nation must echo the powerful voice of climate leaders like Landrieu, and work for solutions in their community. Find out how to get started by joining the Path to Positive Communities!
Mayor Landrieu urges state to recognize climate change threat
By Mark Schleifstein | NOLA – The Times-Picayune | March 16, 2016
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday (March 16) urged members of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to address both the causes and the effects of climate change, which he described as an "existential threat" to the city.
"There is no greater threat to the future of south Louisiana than coastal erosion, and if it ain't there no more … you can't put up hospitals, build roads, build playgrounds," Landrieu said at the beginning of the authority meeting. "You're not going to have a place to work, not going to have a place to live. You cease to exist.
"Everybody in here has been a great champion of the fact that — I can see in my sleep — that we're losing a hundred yards every 45 minutes, now its 43 minutes, now its 30 minutes," Landrieu said. "We've lost the size of the state of Delaware.
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