In an article for Quartz, Mitch Landrieu, takes a look back at hurricane Katrina and the work that has gone on over the past 10 years to rebuild his beloved city. Mr. Landrieu is the 61st mayor of New Orleans and was the lieutenant governor of Louisiana during Katrina. He served as lieutenant governor for six years and as a state legislator for 16 years. Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for business people in the new global economy. They publish bracingly creative and intelligent journalism with a broad worldview, built primarily for the devices closest at hand: tablets and mobile phones.
Mitch Landrieu: What we’ve learned in the decade since Katrina
By Mitch Landrieu | Quartz| 8/27/15
This week, we commemorate ten years since New Orleans and the Gulf Coast faced the costliest disaster to occur on U.S soil. One million homes were damaged and a million residents were displaced. We lost over 1,800 of our fellow citizens.
As the lieutenant governor of Louisiana at the time, I saw firsthand the outpouring of support that came from the generous hands, hearts, and wallets of people from across the world. Even in those dark and trying times, there were uplifting moments. But I also knew that Hurricane Katrina had destroyed homes and lives at such an unprecedented scale that not even the wealthiest philanthropist or most efficient government institution could single-handedly save us from the rubble.
In the wake of Katrina, many of us on the ground came to realize that what New Orleans ultimately needed–more than donations, more than kind words, and more than any one person–was a new way of doing things. Making a serious commitment to working together, we hoped, would be New Orleans’ best chance at making a comeback.
Our progress over the past decade hasn’t been a straight line, and we have a long way to go. But we’re at our best when businesses such as Toyota partner with community organizations to better prepare us for future disasters, and when NGOs such as Global Green USA USA assist the city in building LEED-certified schools. The city is also the best version of itself when it comes together to ensure that everyone has an equal chance at opportunity. That’s why I look forward to the cross-sector partnerships that we have in the works to continue to address the deep challenges posed by a national murder epidemic and the workforce challenges and unemployment crisis that plagues African-American men in New Orleans and across the nation.
Katrina 10 Years Later and Still No One Can Do It Alone
In his article for Quartz, New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, states that even generous individual contributions are not enough to rebuild the city. Strategic partnerships play a key role in helping New Orleans to rise anew as they continue to overcome the devastating destruction of hurricane Katrina, much of which still lingers to this day.
Global Green Fundraising for Disaster Relief Continues with New Partners as Climate Champions
For 20 year, Global Green USA has been championing the advancement of smart climate change solutions that improve lives and protect our planet. A look at their track record demonstrates how clearly the organization understands the importance of working with partners.
Their collaborative fundraising for disaster relief efforts have allowed them to play an instrumental role in the rebuild efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast ensuring new structures are healthier and more energy-efficient, and most importantly, more resilient to any storms that might hit them in the future.
Global Green to Partner With MobileCause for Climate Champion Campaign
To commemorate Katrina’s 10th anniversary and Global Green’s fundraising for disaster relief to rebuild a more green New Orleans along with furthering their compelling education and motivational change agenda, Global Green launched Climate Champions, a mobile fundraising campaign which will recruit supporters to get involved as donors, volunteers and crowdfunders raising money on the organization’s behalf from their network of friends, family and colleagues.
MobileCause crowdfunding will allow the organization to utilize an innovative and yes, greener way of raising awareness and money to continue their efforts. Through mobile communications, Global Green will be able to share important information and updates with supporters to help them understand the perilous conditions facing our coastal communities due to climate change and what they can do to make a difference.
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