WHY GULF SOUTH
From the extreme extraction of fossil fuels to the pollution and the severe weather that follows – the Gulf South is on the frontline on climate change in the United States. For generations, the Gulf South has been a sacrifice zone, with levels of pollution and extraction that provide benefit to the nation, but create irreparable harm in our region.
Today, frontline communities in the Gulf South include residents living in coastal areas; neighborhoods near fossil fuel refining and toxic pollution; and, marginalized communities that constantly have opportunity, democracy and natural resources extracted. The extreme extraction of limited resources and the subsequent pollution; the lack of corporate accountability and the subsequent lack of government responsibility have damaged the land, people and systems of democracy of the Gulf South.
Gulf South Rising acknowledges that the global climate crisis is rooted in economic theories that promote mass consumption of limited resources, laws that maintain inequity and social hierarchies and governance processes that limit civic participation.
Join us on April 23-24, 2015 at the annual Leadership Summit hosted by The Center for Fair Housing based in Mobile Alabama. The theme this year is “Gulf South Rising: Making an Impact for Just Communities”
- build regional movement infrastructure;
- connect and convene frontline communities around collective healing and ecological equity;
- advance regional efforts of indigenous tribal and land sovereignty; and,
- shift the regional narrative from resilience to resistance.