A few words ABOUT US

Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a coordinated regional movement created to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). Through collaborative actions and events around strategic dates in 2015, like the 5-year commemoration of the BP Oil Crisis and the 10-year commemoration of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, GSR demands a just transition away from extractive industries, discriminatory policies, and unjust practices that hinder equitable disaster recovery and impede the development of sustainable communities.


Organizations committed to the Gulf South Rising initiative made decisions to follow the six Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice established by Black, indigenous, Mexican, and Asian movement veterans in 1996:

  • Be Inclusive
  • Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing
  • Let People Speak for Themselves
  • Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality
  • Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
  • Commitment to Self-Transformation


Our year-long initiative will:

  • Build regional movement infrastructure
  • Convene frontline communities around collective healing and ecological equity
  • Advance regional efforts of indigenous tribal and land sovereignty
  • Shift the regional narrative from resilience to resistance


From 10 years of challenges and triumphs working in the Gulf South, we’ve established the following values:

  • The honoring of local frontline leadership
  • Full transparency and accountability of processes
  • Shared liberation