In the city many Americans identify with the worst effects of extreme weather, cultural icons and tourism experts came together with local musicians and culinary artists at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on Friday, to talk about the devastating effects of climate change on one of America's great cities. With the devastation of Hurricane Katrina still being felt nearly 8 years later, Mark Roming, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. announced "We are here, united as an industry, to urge action on climate change." Local cultural icon Cherice Harrison-Nelson built on that by outlining the potential consequences of inaction, "If nothing changes, I see a future New Orleans that lacks the culture it has today."
While the city has undertaken efforts to protect itself from the effects of future disasters, those at Mardi Gras World also noted that effectively addressing the threat of climate change requires coordinated action at the local, state, and federal levels. Much is at stake in New Orleans, as evidenced by Glenn Hall III, a young trumpeter, who said his future ultimately relies on addressing this issue, echoing the call for action that was made throughout the event.
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