VANISHING HOMELAND IN THE BAYOU
Director(s): Jean-Pascal BUBLEX – Writer(s): Pascal BUBLEX Contact Print page
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An island in the state of Louisiana (U.S.A.) - the “Isle de Jean Charles” – is about to vanish due to rising water levels, land erosion and environmental disasters caused by the oil industry. Just like the island Jean-Charles, Louisiana itself is sinking... a surface of the equivalent of a football pitch is being engulfed every hour by the sea.
The island is home to the state-recognized tribe of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians. Ever since the state awarded them funding in the amount of 48 million dollars for their resettlement, they became the first American climate refugees. The government finally admitted to be a victim of global warming... quite an event in the U.S.!
But things don’t work out as planned, money is slow to come. Finding a territory for the entire tribe is not an easy task...
Their situation foreshadows the logistical challenges we will be facing all around the globe in the coming decades. According to the United Nations, some 250 million people will be affected by rising water levels in the coming years ...