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March 23rd, 2016: Historic call for an end to new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

Call coincides with federal government auction of 43 million acres in the Gulf

Photos of the rally will be made available at this link:

Aerial video footage available by request

WHO: Residents and organizations in the Gulf of Mexico region and beyond.  Local groups include 350 Louisiana, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Bridge the Gulf, Vanishing Earth. National groups include Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Oil Change International, Indegena and San Francisco based Center for Biological Diversity and Rainforest Action Network.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016; 7 am to noon; Organizers will be setting up at Duncan Plaza by 6 am.

WHERE: Meet at Duncan Plaza at 7 am, proceed to Superdome where the auction is taking place

WHY:  Eleven years ago, the people of New Orleans evacuated to the Superdome, the evacuation of last resort during Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans and the Gulf region are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Oil drilling and refining has injured and killed both humans and wildlife in the region for nearly a century.  Extraction and use contributes to climate change and rising seas. Enough is enough. It’s time to transition from dirty energy.

We are going to the Superdome so that we never, ever again have to seek refuge there.

WHAT: The public demonstrations at the climate talks in Paris sent a clear message that ordinary people are leading the movement to end use of fossil fuels and transition to clean energy. The next stop for the movement is New Orleans. Locals are inviting people from around the country and the world to come to New Orleans and converge at the Superdome at an event entitled New Lease on Life. This event is taking place during an auction of 43 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico.

Led by people from the Gulf of Mexico region, people will converge at the Louisiana Superdome during an auction of oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. New Lease on Life will call on the oil industry to do two things:

1/ An immediate hiring of 1,000 workers to clean up and repair aging oil infrastructure, including rigs, platforms, pipelines and refineries;

2/ An end to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. For text alerts, text “Superdome” to 88202





Advisory: March 23rd, 2016: Historic call for an end to new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico