5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE SINKING LOUISIANA COAST
VOLUNTEER TO HELP SAVE LOUISIANA'S DISAPPEARING COASTLINE
As a Louisiana native, I have a strong connection to the vibrant culture that makes this southern state so unique. The barrier islands and wetlands have been sinking into the Gulf of Mexico due to a multitude of reasons. Scientists are already calling the sinking a "worst case scenario" , with the land subsiding 9 millimeters per year (one acre every 30 minutes). The disappearing land has forced local communities that have lived there for generations to relocate or raise their homes. There are certain organizations that are being proactive about saving what land is left. If you are a resident of Louisiana, or just visiting, I urge you to lend your helping hand to save this precious state.
"You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them." - Professor Wangari Maathai
Watch this short video about the coastal erosion made by my friends at White Donut Productions.
1. Work off those poboys by bagging oyster shells
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana collects oyster shells from restaurants in New Orleans and uses them to build up new land and oyster reefs. SIGN UP to be a volunteer and find out when the next event is!
2. Plant new trees with Common Ground Relief
Common Ground Relief is a non-profit organization that has tree plantings every week. Their nursery has thousands of trees. The trees help build up the marshland around New Orleans, which is the cities' flood protection.
3. Donate to a great cause!
Become a member or donate to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation that helps save our lake and our coast. Their efforts include over 100 different habitat restoration projects in the Pontchartrain Basin that help protect New Orleans from flooding.
4. Get educated about the issue!
Many locals in Louisiana don't know the seriousness of what's happening to the coastline that is so near to their homes. I urge everyone to sign up for the Coast Currents Newsletter and learn about the 2017 Coastal Master Plan to save the Louisiana Coast.
5. Support the local seafood industry!
This isn't going to directly save the coast from sinking, but it is going to help the communities that are most affected by the rising waters. The local fishermen have a hard life, but enjoy every second of living and working on the water. Whenever you are eating seafood, make sure it has a "Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood" sticker on it!
Now everyone get your friends together for a fun weekend of oyster bagging, tree planting and feasting on delicious Louisiana seafood! Louisiana needs its local community to step up! Help save this beautiful state that many of us call home.
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