Applaud Wetland Climate Change Initiative


Target: Council Representative of Common Ground Relief, Jon Johnson

Goal: Encourage and support the protection of our nation’s bayou

A not-for-profit group is taking a stand against the effects of climate change in New Orleans. Common Ground Relief, based in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, is undertaking major projects in the bayou to patch the area now and sustain it for the future. The group pioneers wetland restoration projects, home rebuilding, child and adult education, as well as a rehabilitation program for formerly-formerly incarcerated citizens. The group does a lot of good for New Orleans and surrounding wetlands in order to successfully combat the effects of climate change in the area.

Common Ground Relief utilizes volunteer work to restore the areas shoreline and wetlands. The New Orleans and surrounding topography has been drastically changed by rising water lines, diminishing shoreline and encroaching salt water. What used to be miles upon miles of beautiful, undisturbed fresh water bayou is now a plagued, oil spill contaminated erosion risk. The group is doing all they can to change the fate of the surrounding shoreline and habitats, including planting sturdy reeds and other foliage to encourage the shoreline to stay resistant to erosion.

Hurricanes cause extreme damage to surrounding flora and fauna. Common Ground Relief works tirelessly to bring attention to needed disaster relief and prevention measures. This incredible non-profit organization uses necessary tools to make a difference in the community of New Orleans: people power and the power of knowledge. Commend this group’s selfless efforts to save our nation’s wetlands.


Dear Jon Johnson,

I am writing to express my thanks for all that you do to restore the wetlands of America. Organizations such as the Common Ground Relief are an amazing testament to the power of education, people power, science and compassion. The area of New Orleans has a fighting chance because of this organization.

The wetlands are an extremely important backbone for the country’s ecosystem. If the wetlands disappear underwater so do thousands of crucial ecosystems; landslides would be a serious problem and creatures of the bayou would not have a fighting chance for survival. Your organization has motivated a worldwide recognition of the problems in the bayou; this recognition empower people to make a difference in the world.

Thank you for all that you do.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jay Carriker via Wikipedia

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