Louisiana Coast After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | September 23, 2008 – 4:15 pm
Destroyed lawn after Ike
Southern Louisiana after Ike
[Karen Apricot New Orleans / Flickr]

Maitri is a geoscientist and activist in New Orleans by way of India, Kuwait, and the Midwest. She’s worried that the Louisiana coast and its United Houma Nation are being abandoned in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.)

A whole American ecosystem and culture are disappearing within my human lifetime, not in geological time, and no one cares. Not the president, not the presidential candidates, not FEMA, not even Terrebonne parish’s emergency director.

Today, Karen went back to Dulac and Raceland, towns we drove through and visited together in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. She says the situation there is pretty dire as Ike almost finished what Gustav, prior hurricanes and rampant industrialization in the area started.[…]

People determined not three years ago to save their land and heritage are ready to give up in fatigue and frustration. How could one not feel this way when Wine Island disappeared after Gustav and residents remember when “it used to take an hour and a half by boat to reach the Gulf of Mexico [and now] the Gulf is literally at [their] doorstep?

[…] Wherever you are in this nation, talk with your government representatives NOW and email the presidential campaigns NOW with the message that coastal protection ought to be on their Top 10 priority lists. This is putting Country First […]

Maitri offers suggestions for how to help — by sending donations, attending a local festival, or wading into “some genuine American mud.”


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