The 2017 Master Plan is the road map that will guide Louisiana's efforts to protect the coast over the next 50 years. As the plan comes up for a vote, our best weapon is your voice!
#OurCoast is an ongoing project by Restore the Mississippi River Delta to document the various ways the Mississippi River Delta has made an impact in the lives of Louisianians and others.
We've already had some great responses, here are real stories from people like you telling their coastal stories.
#OurCoast: Faith, Science, and Sea Level Rise
Sometimes, I find it really hard to be an earth scientist and live in New Orleans – and not just because we don't have any local rocks to speak of. Rather, I find myself overwhelmed as my work can inundate me with new facts and projections about the vulnerability of the place I call home.
#OurCoast: From the Headwaters to the Delta
Standing in the warm knee-deep water, I remembered being a kid and walking across those headwaters. I imagined the wetlands that would grow in this place, fueled by the dirt and fresh water of the Mississippi River. And in that moment, I felt a connection to Louisiana’s coast and knew it was a special place I wanted to help protect.
#OurCoast: From Disaster to Restoration
When I heard there had been an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, I knew it was going to be one of the most impactful events during my lifetime. I knew that once I really started to pay attention to the news surrounding the spill, I was not going to be able to stop. So I kept my head in the sand and powered through my schoolwork.
Feel inspired? Submit your own #OurCoast story. Here's a few ideas to get you started:
- A tweet using the hashtag #OurCoast to expressing concerns you have for your children growing up in coastal Louisiana.
- A short story about fond memories you have of coastal Louisiana and why protecting Louisiana's wetlands is important to you.
- A paragraph about how the coast has changed since you were a kid and how the coastal crisis could impact your children and grandchildren.
- A quick photo that illustrates the changing coast or showing why the coast is important to you.