Thanks to Amy Wold for giving us one sad story of a few families trying to survive on tiny Isle de Jean Charles, now being swallowed by Louisiana coastal erosion and a relentless rising ocean. Who is paying attention?
Some world cities will eventually get similar recognition. One dozen or more cities and states in the USA are slowly waking up: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, New York City (already shut down briefly by hurricanes Sandy and Irene in 2011 and 2012), Atlantic City, Honolulu, New Orleans, Sacramento, CA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Charleston, SC, Virginia Beach, VA, Seattle and Savannah, GA will all someday feel rising tides closing in.
Norfolk, VA has the largest naval base in the world. To where will this US Navy base be moved as Commodore Atlantic swallows the city?
On March 8, 2016, one dozen children (8 – 18 years of age) were joined by retired NASA scientist James Hansen in a lawsuit against President Obama and the Fossil Fuel industry for failing to protect them against global warming and a rising ocean.
One month later, Federal Judge Thomas Coffin in a Eugene, Oregon court ruled the suit must proceed. Canadian journalist Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben described it as “the most important legal case in the world.”
Doubtless, the remnant on Isle de Jean Charles and other vanishing coastal communities in Louisiana will agree as their vanishing world floats into the ocean.