A Louisiana native, Colette Pichon Battle fights to advance human rights for communities on the frontline of the struggle against climate change.

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As the founder of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Colette Pichon Battle raises awareness on equitable disaster recovery, migration, economic development, climate justice and energy democracy. Working with elected officials, national funders and frontline communities since 2005, Pichon Battle works to advance equitable recovery from climate disasters ranging from hurricanes to oil drilling disasters. 

In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect race, systems of power and ecology, Pichon Battle manages GCCLP's legal services for immigration law and disaster law. She was named an Echoing Green Climate fellow in 2015 and in 2019 was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change.

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Planet Protectors: Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen 2019

December 6, 2019

The world is experiencing the consequences of climate change and the urgency couldn’t be more clear. In Session 3 of TEDWomen 2019, we dug deep into some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time — exploring solutions and the many ways people across the globe are fighting for change. The event: TEDWomen 2019, […]

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