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Oct 1, 2018

“We just had a 500 year flood. Well, we’ve had eight 500 or 100 year floods in the last two years. What does that mean? I think it’s time to stop calling it that and just start calling it…life.”  Cherri Foytlin, of Diné and Cherokee Tribes.

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In episode 75 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons takes a journey with the Freedom to Breath bus tour on location in New Orleans. During his visit, Doug attends a town hall on women and minority groups talking about climate resilience; a visit to Africatown to learn about the legacy of racism and environmental pollution and a visit to a protest community that is also serving as a gateway for refugees fleeing storm events and climate change. Women, tribal members, people of color and members of the LGBT community talk about how climate uniquely impacts them and what steps they are taking to adapt to climate change. It’s an exciting episode, with interviews with minority voices on the front lines of climate change. 

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Topics covered

  • Discover the long term legacy of Hurricane Katrina
  • Does ensuring reproductive rights for women improve their ability to adapt to climate change?
  • Building resilience of women ensures the entire community is more resilient.
  • Economic security of women also plays a factor in effective adaptation.
  • Mental health disorders and the impact of storm events.
  • Mental health systems are going to have adapt to climate change.
  • How does New Orleans plan for climate change and sea level rise.
  • Learn how tribal communities in Louisiana are adapting to climate change.
  • How native plants play a role in local adaptation.
  • Transgender people and their unique vulnerability to climate change.

Experts in this episode:

Anne Coglianese, Coastal Resilience Program Manager, City of New Orleans
Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director, Lift Louisiana
Cherri Foytlin, of Diné and Cherokee Tribes.
Denese Shervington, MD/MPH, President & CEO, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
Prof. Tammy Greer, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Quentin Bell, Executive Director, The Knights & Orchids Society
Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Center

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