"I Will Act on Climate" 27-State Bus Tour Arrives in New Orleans on Friday, Urging Support for Federal Climate Change Standards and Investments


NEW ORLEANS, LA – A coalition of local tourism and hospitality industry leaders are hosting the “I Will Act On Climate” bus tour as it arrives in New Orleans on Friday as part of a 27-state bus tour to highlight local support for climate change standards, and to call on residents to act on climate. The bus will arrive in New Orleans on Friday for a rally and press conference taking place at Mardi Gras World at 11:00 AM, 1380 Port of Orleans Place. Speakers at the event will include Mark Romig, CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.; J. Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Mardi Gras Indian Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson.

The “I Will” bus is traveling to local communities like New Orleans, which have been directly affected by climate change, to highlight the need for local and federal action to address climate change. The bus tour comes after President Obama took action on climate change by announcing the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution, as well infrastructure improvements to deal with the effects of climate change, and new investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. Nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent) support “the President taking significant steps to address climate change now,” according to a February 2013 poll for the League of Conservation Voters.

The “I Will” Act on Climate bus tour (#ActOnClimate) is supported by a diverse set of local, state-based, and national public business, health, and environmental organizations, including the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, and many notable New Orleans area chefs. Organizations across the country are joining in this effort by bringing the ‘I Will’ bus to their local community, highlighting impacts of climate change and opportunities created by climate action, and calling for local action. Local spokespeople will be available for interviews.

“I Will Act On Climate” New Orleans Rally and Press Conference

Friday July 19, 2013 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM CST

Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mark Romig, President & CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.
J. Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
The national anthem by Glenn Hall III, Baby Boyz Brass Band
Notable New Orleans chefs
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Mardi Gras Indian Queen, Guardians of the Flame
PHOTOGRAPHY NOTE: The Campaign bus will be parked at Mardi Gras World in front of the Mississippi River, with the Crescent City Connection in the background. The river is the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico and corridor to the fragile wetlands that protect New Orleans from storm surge.

Todd Ragusa