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We are thrilled to have Jo Banner, Founder & Director of the Descendants Project, with us for todays' episode. The Descendants Project is a nonprofit, based in St. John the Baptist Parish, that advocates for the descendants of people once enslaved in Louisiana’s river parishes. They work with the community to improve the economy, improve health, and protect the land, while at the same time honoring their ancestry and heritage.
Learn about some of the amazing work Jo and the Descendants Project does including a lawsuit they filed to correct the illegal rezoning of residential land for use by heavy industry and bringing in opportunities for residents in the film industry to give them another options besides working on a grain elevator or at a petrochemical plant.
This week’s guests are from the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED). Hear from Arthur Johnson (CEO) and Dr. Bernard Singleton (Research Director) on CSED’s mission and focus on environmental research projects.
Learn about some of CSED's ongoing projects including their Environmental Research Internship for High School students, air monitoring in Lower 9th Ward Community, and a Wetland Nursery initiative that is growing cypress trees to be planted in the wetlands area.
PPH - Guest Pepper Roussel discusses upcycling, how we can achieve a more sustainable NOLA, & the upcoming Love Your City Zero Waste Challenge
This week's guest is Pepper Roussel - Food Lawyer, activist and the Interim Development Director at Life City. Host Sophie Zaken & guest Roussel will discuss the state of trash, upcycling, and how we can achieve a more sustainable New Orleans.
Plus, Pepper tells us about the upcoming Love Your City Zero Waste Challenge and event on November 15th, 2021. Click "Read More" for details on the event and to get your free ticket.
Tune in this week to hear from special guest Brent Newman, Senior Policy Director at Audubon Delta. Host Logan Burke is also joined by AAE staff members Kanitra Caston-Hill and Jesse George. The team discusses the energy work of Audubon Delta. Learn about the important link between birds, people and the environment.
If you care about birds, you should also care about climate issues...birds are an indicator of what's happening in an ecosystem, and that includes the impacts from climate change.
Host Sophie Zaken speaks with recent Tulane graduate Sara Good-Chanmugam about sustainability on Tulane's campus, composting and community gardens.
PPH - Louisiana is the trading floor for international commodities markets, hear from Michael Esealuka & Scott Eustis of Healthy Gulf
Hosts talk with Michael Esealuka & Scott Eustis of Healthy Gulf about the petrochemical industry in Louisiana. In general people don't see petrochemicals as fueling the climate crisis, but petrochemicals account for 12% of global demand for oil & gas.
LA is not really an energy state. We're the trading floor for international commodities markets - whether its oil, chemical ammonia fertilizer, plastics, or methanol - our land, water, air and lungs are considered the trading floor so that international companies can move this stuff around the world.
PPH - Hear from Megan Miliken Biven about how cleaning up abandoned wells means employing abandoned workers
Host Logan Burke interviews Megan Miliken Biven about a brilliant idea she's been cultivating. Megan Miliken Biven has developed a proposal to put thousands of Americans who have been abandoned by the oil and gas industry back to work to identify and cap millions of abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, many of which are emitting methane at an alarming rate.
Righting the wrongs of Louisiana's energy past requires some serious clean-up that will require workers who are experienced in the oil fields. This effort could be a first step toward a just transition.
Jane Patton (Sr. Campaign Manager at CIEL; Cofounder and Director at No Waste NOLA), Logan Burke, and Sophie Zaken discuss Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization (CCSU), the new "Clean Coal" and yet another tax subsidy for the Fossil Fuel Industry
Logan Burke discusses how air pollution affects our lives, communities, and nation with Monique Harden from Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). December 31, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Clean Air Act- 50 years of legal pollution. The title "Clean Air Act" is incredibly misleading- for 50 years this Act has allowed companies to legally release some of the most carcinogenic, mutogenic, hazardous, and harmful pollutants. Rather than keep pollutants out of our air, water, land, and bodies, the laws as written enable legal pollution by merely requiring companies to self-report emissions.
Sophie Zaken and Logan Burke learn about Pipeline Regulation, Building Codes, Save our Key Deer, and Stop the 30 Meter Telescope from Professor Marianne Cufone and Loyola Law students Derek Heath, Stacie Osborn, Matthew Thompson, and Justin Macadangdang.
Host Sophie Zaken discusses the work of Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN) to provide strategic coordination among organizations in the Southeast to secure fair, just and science-based climate and energy policies with Executive Director, Alexander Easdale.
Logan Burke discusses the opportunities around solar power and storage (battery backup) with experts Seth Mullendore and Marriele Mango from Clean Energy Group ahead of their January 15th Smart and Sustainable Cities Committee Meeting presentation for Solar + Storage Day!
Hosts Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken discuss the history of this toxic landfill gone residential with local experts Lionel Youngblood, Lavanna Varnado-Brown, Christopher Oliver, and Emily Szklarski.
Fully funded relocation of current inhabitants would only cost the city $20 M and is supported by the Federal Government.
The conclusion of Sophie Zaken and Jessica Hendricks discussion with Steve Chiu, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s Main Representative at the United Nations.
Later in the show, Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken discuss Entergy's Gas Plant Open Meetings Law violation updates
Sophie Zaken and Jessica Hendricks discuss the amazing work of Tzu Chi in disaster relief, environmental protection, and climate action with Steve Chiu, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s Main Representative at the United Nations. Steve Chiu explains how they've managed to mobilize over 10 million volunteers and supporters in 98 countries over the past 53 years to take action to alleviate the suffering of those in need.
Hosts Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken discuss the Green New Deal and the Sunrise Movement with NOLA hub co-founders Elianna Wasserman & Sarah Gordon.
Hosts Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken talk to Professor Marianne Cufone, Esq., Director of Environmental Law And Policy Lab Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Hosts Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken discuss ITEP- the Industrial Tax Exemption Program with Broderick Bagert from Together Louisiana.
Sophie Zaken discusses Recycling, Upcycling, Decycling and waste management with Jane Patton (No Waste NOLA) and Joseph A. Colon (YLC Recycles); followed by an update from a Healthy Gulf
Hosts Logan Burke and Sophie Zaken discuss the intersection of energy and petrochemical systems and how it's endangering our coast with Scott Eustis, Community Science Director for Healthy Gulf