Summer Canvass Comes to a Close

 
Canvassers on turf
Canvass team on their way out to turf. Credit: Amanda Clesi

The past four months as a member of Gulf Restoration Network’s Summer Outreach Team was nothing short of an adventurous roller coaster ride. There was sweat, blood, and tears shed in my fight to restore the Gulf Coast.   The sweat, of course, was a product of the sweltering southern heat that only momentarily let up for afternoon showers.  Fortunately blood only appeared a time or two when the New Orleans sidewalks interrupted the hasty pace that most canvassers try to keep, ultimately leading to a fall and brush burns.  And the tears, oh the tears, they came to visit during my moments of emotional passion to ensure that the Gulf remains the home to communities of all species, shapes, and sizes.

Being an activist and Outreach Team leader is a very fulfilling job.  I had the opportunity to build public support to continue holding BP accountable and ensure that Clean Water Act Fine dollars are properly allocated to real coastal restoration.  Having a one-on-one conversation at a person’s doorstep, believe it or not, is a highly effective way of spreading knowledge and empowering people to get involved.  This allows us as individuals to band together and have our voices heard.  It is through this unified voice that GRN has been successful in saving thousands of acres of wetlands from pollution and development  and playing a  role in getting the Restore Act passed. 

Hands down, the most amazing part of being a canvasser is the deep connection I built with each community I walked through.  I began to know and understand the joys and frustrations that individuals carry with them each and every day as members of the Gulf Coast community.  The most powerful realization I had was that I am not alone.  I am surrounded by folks that love and are willing to fight for the health of the Gulf.  This organization could not be what it is today without the support of our members. I want to thank every one of you for standing up with us against political and environmental injustices and being the change.

Amanda Clesi was a Field Manager for GRN's summer canvass and is now an Outreach Team member.

Recent Posts

Santa Rosa Island is a gem along Florida’s Panhandle coast, with 52 miles of white...
Written by Christian Wagley
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Residents in East Biloxi continue to face unbearable living conditions due to a fiasco of...
Written by Howard Page
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
In my very first days as GRN’s new coastal organizer for Florida and Alabama, I...
Written by Christian Wagley
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche set a new standard for seafood in New Orleans winning...
Written by Dustin Renaud
Monday, 11 September 2017
Restoration along the Pearl River is on many people’s minds these days, on several fronts...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Monday, 11 September 2017
In the last couple of months, Gulf Restoration Network has been sad to say goodbye...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Thursday, 07 September 2017
This blog series has covered a variety of corals that live in the Gulf of...
Written by Hannah Leis
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE