Becoming a member of the Healthy Gulf Krewe allows you to partner with the Gulf Restoration Network in helping to build the movement of ordinary citizens from around the country to fight for Louisiana’s wetlands and the recovery of the Gulf of Mexico.
In the aftermath of the BP oil drilling disaster, this group of activists is more important than ever!
Healthy Gulf Krewe Mission:
To unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico (and have fun while doing it!). To build the Gulf Restoration Network citizen voice throughout the country. To develop dedicated volunteer leaders to defend the Gulf Coast.
On the Gulf coast, the traditions of Carnival are celebrated from Galveston and New Orleans to Mobile and Tampa. The bands of revelers, known as “krewes”, are famous for parades and balls, and many also support good causes. Gulf Restoration Network is using tradition to fight for the future with the Healthy Gulf Krewe, a nation-wide band of fun-loving, hard-working activists passionate about defending the Gulf.
The Krewe Member Commitment: 10 – 10 – 10
The GRN Commitment to You:
- Maintain donation of $10 or more per month through the Gulf Sustainer program
- Spend at least 10 hours per month fighting for the Gulf
- Undertake 10 actions per year to educate and mobilize the public to support the Gulf (some ideas listed below)
As we celebrate the wilderness and amazing cultures of the Gulf, we’ve got to fight for the future. Defend our wetlands, defend ourselves! To learn more and join, contact Ayn Pivonka (a.k.a "Krewe Organizer") for GRN. Join the Krewe by contacting her at
or (504) 525-1528 ext. 217
- Materials – From our No Coast, No Music Benefit CD and your choice of GRN t-shirt to brochures, posters, and petition sheets, we’ll provide the materials to get things done (and look good doing it!).
- Knowledge – You’ll receive our newsletter, calendar annual report, and e-mail action alerts to keep you up to date. Krewe members will also be invited to special briefings and skills trainings - over the phone, and perhaps even here in New Orleans.
- Support – Monthly conference calls will keep the Krewe in touch, and GRN staff will be happy to help you brainstorm, plan, and execute your events. And we’ll show you a great time when you come to visit!
Take a look at some of our current actions and outreach materials:
Send an Email for the Gulf at www.bpdrillingdisaster.org
Calling Congress to Support the Gulf
Restore the Gulf Postcard Petitions
Potential Krewe Actions
- Forward a call to action email to 10 friends, family members, and colleagues
- Encourage 5 friends to call their Senators and Representatives in support of the Gulf
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper
- Set up a table and gather petition signatures at Earth Day events this year to create public awareness for the ongoing need for recovery from the BP oil drilling disaster
- Make a short presentation to a local civic organization (your Rotary club, your church, your friends at the bar) and collect petition signatures addressed to your elected officials
- Phonebank GRN members and activists to engage them in a specific effort, event, or campaign
- Host a GRN Happy Hour or a “Mardi Gras Party with Mission” with New Orleans food and drink to raise money and awareness for GRN
- Meet with other environmental or civic groups to enlist their support
- Organize a movie screening – anytime is great, and especially important as part of GRN’s work to commemorate the 1 year memorial of the BP oil drilling disaster or the 6th anniversary of Katrina and Rita
- Join us in Washington DC to lobby your state’s delegation for a federal commitment to a sustainable Gulf coast, and/or meet with your Senators and Representative at home
- Put together a panel of speakers to present at a local university (maybe you could even get a GRN staffer to come talk!)
- Conduct a press conference to publicize an important event or report