2016 Woman Heroes of Louisiana’s Environmental Movement
Thank you to all who attended our celebration in memory of LEAN’s late Board Member Florence Robinson. Florence was a strong and capable woman who gave so much to many. LEAN has been proud to be an organization that has cultivated and supported woman leaders, the environmental movement has largely been a movement of woman. One of the best ways we could honor Florence is by honoring woman who are continuing in the spirit of Florence. We have been proud to honor Woman Pioneers in the past and we are proud to end 2016 by honoring two more women for their incredible work. Women who have committed their time and extraordinary talents to the environmental challenges of Louisiana.
If you have read an article about an environmental issue in Louisiana over the last couple decades or seen a stunning picture of a current environmental struggle, chances are it is the work of LEAN’s 2016 Woman Heroes of the Louisiana Environmental Movement, Amy Wold and Julie Dermansky
Amy Wold just recently left her post at The Advocate which she held for the past 16 years. Amy has been reporting on science and the environment for well over two decades. While working as the environmental reporter at The Advocate, Amy got the chance to cover some of Louisiana’s major news events including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Gustav and Ike and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Like Florence, Amy has always shown a commitment to Louisiana’s communities. It would be hard to find a meeting or public hearing about an environmental issue that Amy was not there to record. Amy’s writing put environmental issues and the voices of engaged citizens on the front page. When generations from now, people look back to study and understand the historic environmental movement of Louisiana, Amy’s words will be the record of that story.
Julie Dermansky is a transdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on documenting society’s impact on the natural world and social justice. Julie is an affiliated scholar at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She has been a contributor to countless outlets including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and NPR to name a few. Julie has produced remarkable work around the world but returned to New Orleans in 2006. From documenting post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, the BP Oil Spill, fence-line communities along the Mississippi River, hydraulic fracturing, the Bayou Corne sinkhole or the recent historic flooding, if you’ve been moved by images of Louisiana’s current environmental challenges, you know Julie’s work. Like Florence, Julie is not afraid to tell the real story and knows how to apply her extraordinary talents to do so. If there is an environmental event in Louisiana, no matter the distance or the danger, you’ll find Julie there with her camera.