Environmentalist say the Louisiana coast is being affected more than anywhere else on earth by climate change, and that saving the Amazon rainforest could slow down the process.
But there are other reasons the Amazon needs to be saved, including the medicinal knowledge of the indigenous people, and the vast pharmaceutical storehouse that grows there.
Doctor Mark Plotkin is the President of the Amazon Conservation Team and a native New Orleanian, who has spent years working in the Amazon and he is in town for a fundraiser called the Feast for the Forest.
The Feast for the Forest is Tuesday night, October 1, at the new Tableau restaurant, 916 Saint Peter St. overlooking Jackson Square. It's from 6 pm until 9 pm.