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Louisianians Watches Native Land Sinking Into Sea


In what could be the United States first climate refugees, a tiny Native American tribe that have lived on a tiny island named Isle de Jean Charles for over 170 years, are close to being forced away from their homes. The waters that have given the people food and fertile land are threatening to overtake what is now left of their native lands. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana Bayou, with each passing storm the water level rises and engulfs the area where the people live. “About a football field worth of land in the region is lost every half-hour to erosion, storms and to rising seas — a relentless process that is expected to worsen with climate change.” The floods have also distributed massive amounts of salt-water across the island, making it nearly impossible to farm. Only 25 families remain and the infrastructure of the town is nearly vanished. The Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a $900 million system of levees and walls that could protect areas like this one; however the plan does not cover this particular area because of the limited amount of people living there. This is the unfortunate truth that faces the people of Isle de Jean Charles. It just isn’t economical to spend that type of money to save the area inhabited by fewer than 100 people. You must look at the overall good of everyone over the good for a select few.

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