Roberta Avila is the executive director of the STEPS Coalition, which includes 30 social justice organizations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that came together after Hurricane Katrina. Avila spoke with Bridge The Gulf and the Institute for Southern Studies for the report
Last week, roughly one hundred Gulf Coast concerned citizens, advocates, environmentalists and scientists came together for the third Gulf Gathering since the first held in October 2010 not long after the BP oil disaster.
Crossposted from the Gulf Restoration Network. The coastal crisis in Southern Louisiana is at a tipping point. We continue to lose a football field of wetlands every hour, or 16 square miles a year. If we fail to adequately address the problem, that rate could skyrocket to 51 square miles every year, jeopardizing our very way of life.