Angelle was born and reared in Baton Rouge, and upon return to Louisiana after college, she has spent much of her time re-discovering her love for the people and the land there. The last few years have been filled with opportunities to educate at the university level, advise undergraduate students in their environmental commitment work, and to continue her own education through organizational and civic responsibilities and through formal training as a cardiovascular doctoral student at Tulane School of Medicine. Climate work in Louisiana is massively difficult. Political organizing and strategizing, just the same, are difficult. But she feels destined to walk down this path. And every interaction, kind word, and each moment of levity keeps her grounded in her purpose to spread compassion and joy while doing her part to shift the ugly systems and habits communities have held onto for generations.
I want to address barriers and stalemates that have occurred in Southeast Louisiana regarding equitable and accessible mass transit both within and between cities. I plan to co-create with stakeholders and a new coalition a defined community engagement and legislative timeline for proposed commuter rail projects, as well as, increase bus line frequency between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. By taking this action, we can build ridership, engage and support the work patterns and lifestyles of the many instead of just the few, and send the message to our citizens of this region that public transit is priority for all, necessary for carbon emissions reductions, and is tangible.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
My constant, visual motivation is a place. Well, two places: Grand Isle and the wetlands between Orleans Parish and St. Charles Parish on my way from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Passing those beautiful waterways and the Pontchartrain, juxtaposed with the chemical and industrial plants in the background, remind me of the ever-present contradictions we co-exist with each day. This imagery reminds me that we have choices to make about the future we want and that those choices are ever more urgent each time I cross the spillway.
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