All eyes are on the city of New Orleans today, as residents brace for the arrival of Isaac – currently a Tropical Storm, though it is expected to turn into a Hurricane shortly. Today also marks the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – the event that rocked the city and changed it forever.
Those who know me personally know that I love New Orleans. It is my favorite place to visit – and a little piece of my heart remains there. The people, the beauty, the culture – it all draws me in and leaves me ready to go back the moment I leave.
When hurricane season arrives each year, I think about those in the Gulf Coast, and hope that Mother Nature takes it easy on them. They have been though enough.
Today I will be thinking of the people of New Orleans – and all of those who are in the path of Isaac – praying for your safety. (President Obama just declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana.)
I will also be thinking of those whose lives were forever changed by Hurricane Katrina.
Stay safe NOLA.
You’re never too young to make a global impact, and Devon Haas, Founder of Kids Army, may be one of the youngest environmental advocates letting the world know, “I may be a kid but I still have a voice.”
Haas, age 7, along with 14-year-old Devin Beach and a documentary crew are seeking to shed light on the impact that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill has had on kids and families in the Gulf Coast area after 4.9 million barrels of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. An event that changed many lives, but is rarely heard about in the news today.
The to-be-filmed documentary, titled Kids of the Gulf , will feature Haas and Beach sharing the stories of those affected by the oil spill and how the children and families are taking steps toward recovery.
At this time the goal for Kids of the Gulf is to experience exposure on various platforms such as network television, film festivals and public screenings so that the story of “kids working with other kids on important environmental and social issues such as the BP oil spill” can be shared. Another goal of the project is to inspire other children to use their own voices and begin to take action on important issues in their communities.
Kids of the Gulf is currently over on IndieGoGo raising funds for production, along with the help of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, an organization which seeks to engage youth on issues related to the environment fueled by Ian’s “passion for the environment, animal habitat, and clean energy”.
To join them in their “movement to empower kids and youth around the world” or to learn more about the documentary plans visit their website Kids of the Gulf. You can support the film by visiting IndieGoGo directly and making your donation here.
Vegan Jambalaya -Pea Soup Eats
It’s been a little over a year since I visited the Big Easy, and I still think of the city often. New Orleans has much to offer in terms of culture, and its cuisine is definitely one of the more popular tourist draws. From ‘Po Boys, to Shrimp Etouffee there is no shortage of delicious meal options.
After coming home I realized that the only downside to the food in NOLA is that for someone like myself who eats pretty light fare, it was pretty heavy – great for a vacation, but not really suitable for my home cooking.
This week is pretty significant for the city, as it marks the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of the city. In honour of the city of New Orleans, this weeks Meatless Monday round-up features lightened up versions of some of the class New Orleans style dishes.
Classic Red Beans & Rice – Babble Food
Vegetarian Gumbo – Chocolate Chip Treats
Shrimp Etouffee – The Good Vegan Wife
Fried Green Tomato ‘Po Boy – The Chubby Vegetarian