On August 15th of 2016, I awoke to an unwelcome guest on my property, a few inches of water covering my lawn and washing over the slab of my carport. More inconvenienced than worried, I started surveying what had transpired during the hours I slept. Within an hour of waking, the few inches of water had grown to several inches and was now slowly seeping into the floor boards of my Nissan Altima. After moving our vehicles to higher ground, it was time to sit back and see what was really going to happen. Within hours, the water had risen to the threshold of my front door; mere inches from coming into my home.
A few years back, I had my home raised and leveled. I had always balked at how costly it was to do such a thing. But, on that morning, I was so very thankful I had spent those hard-earned dollars. If I hadn’t, my home would now have several inches of water in it. The water finally stopped rising and started to recede, but the message was clear.
If you think you are not affected by climate change, think again. It may have missed you today, but there’s still tomorrow…
Whew, that was close. I was lucky; no damages received. But so many others were not nearly as lucky. As a result of the Louisiana Flood of 2016, 13 people died, and thousands were displaced. Eight months later, there are still many who have not been able to move back into their homes. Most are still attempting to make the necessary repairs; other simply had to relocate.
According to a National Academy of Sciences report, extreme flooding can be traced directly to human induced global warming. “As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands,” Bill Nye explained in an article for Quartz. “Molecules spread apart, and then as the sea surface is warmer, more water evaporates, and so it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects.”
Climate change is taking its toll on Louisiana. Isle de Jean Charles, located 80 miles from New Orleans has lost 98% of its land mass to rising sea levels, devastating hurricanes and construction of oil and gas canals along the marsh. Only one-half square mile of land remains above water. The state’s 7,700 miles of shoreline are disappearing at the fastest rate in the country.
Since 1932, Louisiana has lost 1,800 square miles of land. It is expected to lose an additional 4,000 square miles within the next 50 years. At the current rate of global warming, sea levels have the potential to rise more than 3 feet by the end of the century.
To only make matters worse, Trump’s administration is preparing to unravel federal policies aimed at curbing global warming. In a new executive order, President Trump ordered his cabinet to start demolishing a wide array of Obama-era policies. That unraveling will eliminate climate change research and prevention programs across the federal government.
The People’s Climate March will be held across the nation on April 29th, with the largest taking place on Washington’s DC National Mall. The date marks the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office. It will be a direct protest to the environmental policies of the Trump administration.
On that same day, concerned citizens will meet in New Orleans Armstrong park, located at 701 North Rampart. The march to protest the Trump Administration’s destructive environmental policies will begin at 12:30 pm.