Aftermath of Hurricane Laura

By Chelsea Blackmon

Hurricane Laura, a Category 4, was the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana since 1856. The city of Lake Charles, LA is recovering from its worst storm yet. The maximum sustained winds were 150 MPH, just 5 MPH shy of a Category 5 hurricane. Water has flooded out entire neighborhoods. Over 300,000 residents are still without power and dependent on generators over a week after the storm hits. It’s estimated that some residents won’t have power for several weeks.

Pastors Rev. Dr. John R. Adolph of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont, TX, and Rev. Dr. Theron Jackson, of Morningstar Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA have taken it upon themselves to be involved in the relief efforts to get Lake Charles into a stable condition. 

Dr. Adolph is no stranger to hurricanes. Hurricane Laura is the seventh hurricane this Louisiana native has weathered. Hurricane Katrina was the first storm he’d ever dealt withhis church served as an...

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Green The Church Louisiana - Pastor Emily Carroll Talks About Her Fight for Environmental Justice

“Whenever you’re in a fight, it’s going to be difficult. Whenever you want justice, it’s going to be difficult.”
 
The glass ceilings that come along with fighting for environmental justice do not faze Rev. Emily Carroll. She serves as the Sr. Pastor of the St. James UMC in Shreveport, LA. She is also the Protestant Religious Education Coordinator at  Barksdale Air Force Base Chapel. In her role at Green The Church (GTC), Rev. Emily has been asked to speak at numerous rallies, workshops, and conferences over the past few years. 
 
Rev. Emily, lives in the countryside, not too far from Shreveport, LA. She notices the effect that fracking (a drilling process that extracts oil or natural gas from underground) has on the community, but recognizes how difficult it would be to address it. Though the fracking has a negative effect on the environment, it has created jobs for the people within the community. The ‘justice’ part of...

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Green The Church Florida: Rev. Tania Carroll Educates Communities of Color on Environmental Sustainability and Justice

Rev. Tania Carroll’s passion for environmental justice and sustainability come from every aspect of her life. After a 30 year career as a firefighter, Rev. Tania  has witnessed firsthand the effects that both man-made and natural disasters have on communities. As a woman of color, she has also noticed how certain communities tend to be underserved as they attempt to recover from these aforementioned disasters. A Florida native, Rev. Tania hopes that the people around her begin to take hurricane season seriously, considering all of the lasting effects of climate change and its impacts on vulnerable communities. 
 
Carroll has been a  facilitator in Green The Church for several years. Through Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, FL (a GTC-affiliated church), she strives to educate the surrounding communities of color on environmental sustainability and justice. Rev. Tania feels a spiritual calling  to not only be an educator but to...

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