Alliance Institute has been approached by Citizen Global to produce video footage documenting the recovery effort of the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina through today, including the BP oil disaster. Citizen Global is a web platform that many news entities around the globe use to collect and produce stories. This unique opportunity will allow residents and organizations from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to have their stories told to millions of interested people around the world. Global Citizen is currently in discussions with link.tv to produce a short series based on the content collected by Alliance Institute for this project.
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On December 1, 2010 Alliance Institute and other organizations working on Gulf Coast recovery met with a Senior Associate for the Clinton Global Initiative's Environment and Energy Task Force. A part of President Clinton's work world-wide, the task force is looking at America's gulf coast following the 2005 hurricane season and the BP oil drilling disaster.
One of the few projects focused on the United States this was a unique opportunity to help provide the voice of those most impacted by the disasters. During the meeting, we discussed coastal restoration, the need for greater access to health care, continued monitoring, as well as sustainable recovery and community oversight during all of these processes.
We discussed the opportunity for us to share our concerns and suggest our solutions to the full body of the task force over the coming months. We also talked about the possibility of organizations from the region participating as partners in 2011, when they once again open the doors for applications. This marks an important step towards getting the voice of the gulf heard by key decision makers in both government and business. Also in attendance were Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Gulf Restoration Network, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Bridge the Gulf, and Louisiana BayouKeepers.
But time is running out for Congress to take action before they adjourn for the year.
Join with the Alliance Institute and support the people of the Gulf Coast by urging Congress to equally value communities, the environment and economic welfare.
On October 12, 2010 Alliance Institute met in Washington, DC with representatives from the Religious Action Center, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the Catholic Social Justice Lobby-NETWORK, Oxfam and others to discuss moving forward on Gulf Coast Recovery. With the BP oil drilling disaster fading from the national media and many areas still reeling from the 2005 hurricane season, many organizations across the region and nationally are looking at opportunities to impact the lame duck Congress as well as the incoming Congress.
Three issues that are being focused on are the need for community oversight in the recovery, a need for infrastructure and coastal restoration jobs for citizens of the region, and an emphasis on developing a sustainable and green economy as part of the recovery process. Alliance Institute and others maintain that the Gulf Coast can be looked at as a pilot program for an economic recovery via these issues.