A new community centre focused on building awareness of climate change, sharing resources and catalysing innovation is set to open in Greater New Orleans.
New Orleans will be the first American city lost to sea level rise unless dramatic measures are taken, yet there is a lack of community understanding and tangible opportunities for taking action in the Greater New Orleans region.
The Holy Cross Project’s Community Development and Climate Action Center will be the first of its kind to bring climate change education and models of resiliency to the community level.
Located in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, the Climate Action Center will be the hub to build comprehensive solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation through creating connections and empowering communities.
The Holy Cross Project is a sustainable model village in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward featuring 5 LEED Platinum homes, and an outdoor space including rain gardens and a large bioswale. A 20-unit affordable apartment building is currently being built.
It is understood that the Climate Action Center community will connect with other coastal cities battling similar climate change impacts to export experience and create a unified front on the adaptations and mitigation of the dangers of climate change.
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Center will serve as a first responder and rapid return location, with high wind and water resistance and solar power with battery back up to provide essential electrical services such as lighting, refrigeration for medication, cell phone charging and communications.
The Community Development and Climate Action Center, which is currently under construction, is part of a Global Green USA initiative. Global Green works to green cities, neighborhoods, affordable housing, and schools to protect environmental health, improve livability, and support our planet’s natural systems, in an effort to address climate change.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea