Juliette Frazier is the Healthy Environments Coordinator for the City of New Orleans Health Department. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health—Environmental Health with a concentration in Disaster Management Tulane University School of Public Health after receiving her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in New Orleans. During her time with the City Health Department, she gained a deeper understanding of the health needs of the community and the need for health literacy to help change the behaviour in a community. One of her favourite parts of working in the City Health Department is communicating the importance and the impact of climate change on the health of New Orleanians.
A resilient and sustainable New Orleans is one that can both mitigate the effects of climate change and also learn how to work together to help recover from previous effects. This will require both the City of New Orleans and residents- young and old to step up to find creative ideas and solutions. I would like to develop a project that educates New Orleans youth about local climate change issues. Further, it will uplift them to create change in their community either through locally-based solutions or policy. Partnering with City programs, I will engage our youth to find solutions in both policy and community engagement. While those in this project may not be able to vote or run for office, they can advocate and promote change. It is important for our youth today to learn about climate change and how they can make a difference beyond the ballot box.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
New Orleans is my heart and home, and it is home to those who have my heart. I cannot abandon or watch the impacts of climate change on the sidelines. I do not want to know what it means to miss New Orleans. To say I love New Orleans or love educating others, I have to prove that by my actions, not my words. As Ignatius Loyola said, “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.
Much of the local climate change work by other programs or projects have been focused on water and adults. While that is extremely important, other aspects are just as important such as heat and air quality. As educators, whether in schools, businesses, or government, it is up to us to inform and educate in a way that people care and understand. Additionally, I have found the importance of educating not only adults but also children. They are the future and the key to successfully fighting change. To combat climate change, we need to engage the youth.
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