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The Solutions Project — a global project that looks to transition the world to clean, renewable energy — recently added Dulac native Bette Billiot to their Fighter League program. Billiot joins a team of five other women of color who will lead the fight against climate change in the Gulf South.
“Communities of color in the South, especially women leaders, are banding together to fight climate change; build local, homegrown solutions; and promote a clean energy future,” reads a statement on thesolutionsproject.org. “The will is there. The know-how and the talent are there. The only thing standing in the way is a shortage of resources.”
Each member of the Fighter League received a $10,000 grant to support each of their work in the climate change movement.
Billiot is a member of Gulf South Rising — a five-state initiative that builds local leadership to advance climate justice and ecological equity in the Gulf South region — as described by thesolutionsproject.org.
A member of the United Houma Nation, Billiot has been a longtime advocate for her tribe. She became a voice for those affected by climate change, especially elderly tribal members who lost land because of it. “Something that a lot of people say is that they fish now where they used to hunt,” she said.
She also runs a culture camp for kids every other summer in Dulac. The camp teaches young members of the United Houma Nations not only their history and culture but also the environmental changes that affect their community.
“…Just in what I’ve seen from being involved over the last several years, there’s been significant [environmental] changes,” Billiot said. “I wish that I had somebody to teach me this when I was younger; I’d be so much further than where I am now.”. •

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