Resettling the First American Climate Refugees – Louisiana

Resettling the First American Climate Refugees – Louisiana

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Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana. Photo source: ©© Maitri

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The Isle de Jean Charles resettlement plan is one of the first programs of its kind in the world, a test of how to respond to climate change in the most dramatic circumstances without tearing communities apart. Under the terms of the federal grant, the island’s residents are to be resettled to drier land and a community that as of now does not exist. All funds have to be spent by 2022…

Read Full Article, The New York Times (05-03-2016)

The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time; National Geographic (05-27-2016)

Moving to Higher Ground (After 12,000 years), A Video from Great Big Story (03-11-2016)
The Quinault Indian Nation has lived in what is now Washington State for thousands of years. But, it’s time to move. The tribe lives on the coast, and climate change has caused sea levels to rise and endanger the village. As the tribe moves to higher ground, it’s bittersweet, since a new home also means moving off sacred ground…

Escaping the Waves: a Fijian Village Relocates, a Video (10-03-2015)
“When many understand climate change in concept but not through personal experience, this exhibit carries great weight…”

Voices From the South Pacific, Video (11-19-2010)
UNDP produced a film about the reality of climate change in the Pacific island of Kiribati. The film clearly shows how people’s lives are being affected right now by rising sea waters…

New Land on the Louisiana Coast, NASA / Earth Observatory (02-17-2015)

Lost Louisiana: The Race to Reclaim Vanished Land Back From The Sea, Guardian UK (10-15-2014)

Louisiana’s Moon Shot, Propublica (12-09-2014)

Oral Histories Capture Impact of Eroding Louisiana Coast, AP / KSL (11-08-2014)

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