1. On August 29, 2005, the most costly hurricane in U.S. history killed nearly 2,000 people and turned the vibrant Gulf South into devastated ghost towns.
  2. Gulf communities have worked hard to move past the horror of the disaster but, nearly 10 years later, too many neighborhoods remain empty -- or rebuilt in a way that pushed out local communities.
  3. A decade later, Gulf families still fight for the most basic of human rights:
  4. to return home,
  5. breathe clean air, and drink clean water.
  6. They shouldn't have to. That's why we are partnering with Gulf South Rising to commemorate 10 years since Katrina and Rita with a full day of events designed to command attention. Will you join us to make sure the truth is heard and demand a just rebuilding based on clean energy?

  7. Katrina was not just a natural disaster, it was manmade: created by inadequate levees, decimated wetlands, and environmental damage from the fossil fuel industry.
  8. Louisiana and its coast produce or transport 30 percent of the nation's domestic crude oil and 34 percent of its natural gas.
  9. Oil and gas companies cut canals through natural protective coastal forests and wetlands -- increasing the chance of flooding and exposing the delicate freshwater coast to damaging salt water -- to lay pipelines and create shipping paths for the oil and gas that in turn destroy our climate. Even the oil and gas industry admitted they've contributed to Louisiana's land loss.
  10. Louisiana is losing a football field of coastal land every hour -- the fastest rate in the world.
  11. When Katrina hit, the pipelines and oil rigs that replaced the wetlands, spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil -- as much as Exxon-Valdez.

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