We are very proud of how our Step It Up 2007 event turned out. Attendance was great. We gave away all of our 200 red “Save New Orleans! Stop Global Warming” t-shirts. Our sponsors all had an opportunity to meet new members.We served gumbo, BBQ, and Abita beer for our guests. We want to especially thank our friends, the excellent band “Country Fried” for playing our event. Check out their website (and buy their new album!) at http://www.countryfried.net.The speakers, Aaron Viles with the GRN (maybe you get e-mails from him?), John Atkeisen of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Kenye Smith from the New Orleans Mayors office, Councilwoman Shelly Midura, State Rep Candidate Deborah Langhoff, and of course Senator John Edwards were very impressive. Senator Edwards spoke about how to curb global warming pollution without hurting our environment or economy by cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, create more green collar jobs, NO NEW COAL, and added that nuclear is not an option.Senator Edwards was a good sport and joined us for the first part of the second line to the Superdome led by Da Truth Brass Band. At the Superdome, world renowned Aerial Artist John Quigley led us to spell out NO NEW COAL (pic above), which we believe, is a pretty clear message. Head over to flickr to see all the great photos (thanks Jeffrey Dubinsky for the fantastic shots).We want to sincerely thank our sponsors for this event including:Gulf Restoration NetworkAlliance For Affordable EnergyThe Louisiana Bucket BrigadeLouisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)The Sierra ClubGlobal GreenNational Peace Corps AssociationTulane Xavier Center for Bio-Environmental ResearchAdvocates for Environmental Human RightsSt Bernard Citizens for Environmental QualitySustainable Churches for South LouisianaCasey DeMoss Roberts is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Gulf Restoration Network.