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

The rivers of Louisiana are intricately connected to our unique and valuable wetland forests. You...
Written by Natalie Montoya
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The Washington Parish Council passed a resolution against more upstream damming on the Pearl River...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
The on-again, off-again saga of drilling off the Florida coast is…on again. Well, apparently it...
Written by Christian Wagley
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
A coalition of Gulf Coast chefs and restaurant owners is calling on lawmakers to vote...
Written by Kendall Dix
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Last week, the Trump administration released a plan to open up nearly all U.S. water...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Every year, the state of Louisiana releases a new Annual Coastal Plan the Louisiana Coastal...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Friday, 05 January 2018
Last week the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources met to mark up the bills...
Written by Kendall Dix
Thursday, 21 December 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE