The T-P’s series on coastal wetland loss is knocking me down. Knocking. Me. Down.
Article One: Last Chance.
Article Two: Losing Ground.
[UPDATE] Article Three: Laying the Groundwork.
From the first article:
"Ten years is how much time we have left -- if that."It’s one of those things that I knew already, but didn’t get. Knowledge and understanding don’t always go together.
I’ve seen dire – but supported by evidence – predictions about coastal wetland loss from various sources and various viewpoints. But I have never seen it in one place, on my table, reading it at breakfast in an article on the front page of my newspaper, complemented by graphics and moving internet timelines.
I remember at Jesuit in the early 90s learning and worrying about coastal wetland loss. But then, I didn't do anything. What could a high school student do? I was too young.
I remember at Loyola in the mid 90s worrying about coastal wetland loss. But I was too busy trying to get my degree to do anything. I didn't have time.
I remember worrying about it after I graduated. But I needed a job. How can I do anything without any money? Getting a job was more important.
Then I got married. Then a kid came. Then I moved out of the country. Then I moved back. Then I needed a job again. Family comes first.
Then I decided to try to save up enough money to by a house Uptown. I was almost there.
Then Katrina came. Then I was worrying about my family, my friends, and my city recovering and rebuilding – both short term and long term. It's been a long 18 months.
And now I see that I have ten years. If that.
I need to rethink things. I need to do something.
Meanwhile, time passes…