The ground that Louisiana sits on is sinking and many of its families now have to relocate. Isle de Jean Charles could disappear within the next few decades. The thing that makes this place so special is its unforgettable simplicity; it can’t be replaced and there’s no other place quite like it. In the last 20 years hundreds of acres of land in the region have just disappeared, scientists say the rate is that of the size of a football field every hour.
Apparently, when the oil and gas industry dug their canals they unknowingly created more avenues for the water to seep in. By the time they realized what was going on, it was too late to fix the problem. Now rising seawater has claimed the land where people have lived for centuries. Relocating this entire community is the nation’s first project of its kind.
Having to leave it all behind is painful, but there’s always the hope that, even though things will never be the same, they can be better.
These are the stories of the United States’ first climate change refugees.
In the words of one of the locals, you can move your body but your heart’s always going to be home.