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The plan starts from the premise that within 50 years, “Louisiana is projected to lose more land and wetlands along its coast than it can rebuild, even if restoration efforts are completed as currently planned. With less wetland buffer, the state’s coastal regions face increased storm surge and flood risk that will impact families and communities in ways large and small, acute and chronic.”
Inside Climate News reports that the State’s resilience plan is intended to help local leaders to be prepared to support “planned retreats from areas that are becoming unsustainable.” These impacted communities and the state must be prepared to offer citizens with safe, affordable housing, job training, and other economic opportunities, as well as basic services. In addition, the plan recognizes the importance of addressing the “complex social and cultural needs” of coastal communities and residents who are forced from their homes by rising water, and developing “a sense of place that helps build community.” The Plan builds on the state’s “Master Plan” for restoring wetlands and addressing sea level rise, but recognizes that adaptation and resilience will be needed too because even under the best conditions, there will be impacts that must be addressed.
Why This Matters: Louisiana will not be the only state to need an adaptation and resilience plan, but they will likely need it sooner than most. And this is an impressive effort, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.We will need lots more funding — whether through a Green New Deal or infrastructure legislation or both — to achieve these ambitious adaptation plans. But at least in Louisiana, they have a plan. Other coastal state leaders should read it and learn. Climate migration is real and it will happen here in the U.S. — in the heart of Trump Country — soon. The President ignored all this reality when he held a “rally” in coastal Louisiana last week to pump up the oil and gas industry.
To Go Deeper: You can read the LA SAFE Plan here — if you want the bottom line, read the Executive Summary and Recommendations — they’re worth your time. To watch the President’s speech on energy infrastructure, click here.
The folks on Hilton Head Island have a great new way of “recycling” plastic beach toys — they have built a big bin on the beach at Islanders Beach Park where people can drop off beach toys they find and other families can borrow them and later either return them there or take them home. […]
Tomorrow, June 5th is #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme this year is #GenerationRestoration to raise awareness about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The events actually kick off officially at 9 a.m. ET this morning and there is programming throughout the day today and tomorrow — including a Virtual Launch Gala with inspiring messages from world […]
On Tuesday, Pope Francis launched an initiative to make Catholic institutions environmentally sustainable in seven years with the overarching goal of protecting the environment and the poor from climate change.
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