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Expanding Our Roots: Alicia Cooke

"Expanding Our Roots: Global Conversations With 821" is an online interview series hosted by The 821 Project. The purpose of the series is to showcase the cultural diversity, global connections, and social consciousness of the people of southeast Louisiana as well as those who work to expand southeast Louisiana's roots to the world through works that promote social justice and global citizenship.

The series presents community organizers, community leaders, and residents living in southeast Louisiana who come from different parts of the world or who work to promote global citizenship, multiculturalism, and social justice in our regional community.

This interview is with Alicia Cooke. Alicia Cooke is the co-founder of 350 New Orleans, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to uplifting grassroots climate justice work across southern Louisiana. In her day job she teaches Social Studies at New Harmony High School, a wonderful place that frames its curriculum in a greater social and environmental context and particularly focuses on the impact of coastal loss and restoration in Louisiana. Her climate justice work with 350NO informs her curriculum, as she seeks to help her students find their own place within the incredible ecosystem of social and environmental justice work happening in New Orleans and beyond.

To learn more about 350 New Orleans, visit


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