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Posted: Friday, 23 August 2013 5:18AM

Katrina commemoration calls for action on climate change



An interfaith prayer breakfast to commemorate the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be held Saturday morning.

But it's also a call to action on climate change.

"We feel that we have a moral obligation to act, so that we can leave a better environment for our children and grandchildren," says Todd Ragusa, one of the event organizers.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will take part in the event, which Ragusa says will call for bold action on climate change to help reduce its effects, including extreme weather events like Katrina.

"The Archbishop will be joining us, along with other faith-based leaders and ministers, to pray and reflect on how far we've come since Katrina. But, while we're reflecting on the past and paying tribute to how far we've come, we also need to recognize how far we need to go and that we need to act for the future."

"And, part of that action means taking a meaningful, common sense approach to mitigating the effects of climate change," Ragusa says.

Those effects, it's feared, will lead to increasingly more powerful storms. And, as sea levels rise, we'll become more vulnerable to those storms.

The breakfast follows President Obama's action on climate change, including the country's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, and other strategies to prepare America for the effects of climate change.

Speakers will include Walt Leger, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives; State Senator J.P. Morrell; New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer; Charles Allen, Mayor's Advisor and Director of Coastal and Environmental Affairs; Anne Milling, Founder of Women of the Storm; Telley Madina, Oxfam America's Coastal Communities Program Officer; Mark Romig, President of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., and LaTanja Silvester, SEIU Political and Organizing Director.

Besides Archbishop Aymond, religious leaders attending the event will include Imam Rafeeq Numan, Rev. Norwood Thompson, Jr., and others.

Organizations in attendance will include Global Green, USA Alliance for Affordable Energy, the St. Bernard Project, and others.

The public's invited to attend the event at the Treme Community Center, 900 North Villere Street, Saturday morning at 8:30.

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