Just a Few Ways You Can Help the Coast by Helping the Climate

Just a few ways you can help the coast by helping the climate

Illustration by Kenneth Harrison (NOLA.com)

One of the greatest hurdles facing progress on the two mortal threats facing Louisiana’s coastal future — land loss and sea level rise caused by climate change — has been a sense of hopelessness broaching on fatalism. It’s a response I’ve encountered in interviews across our coast with the very people most at risk.

And that’s understandable: The sheer scale of the possible solutions and their requirements — serious cultural shifts, dramatic government action and financial sacrifice — leave many people feeling they’re too small to make a difference.

My fallback response has been a quote by the Dali Lama: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, think of sleeping in a tent with a mosquito.”

Naturally, I’m then asked: How can we be those mosquitoes?

A search of the public and private groups most involved in studying the causes and cures for these threats provides a solid list of steps to get you buzzing.

Now, being the mosquito doesn’t mean being personally able to reduce the world’s carbon emissions or being elected president (although that would help). It means making daily choices that can reduce some of the major contributing factors to our crises — and encouraging others to do so as well.

As you’ll see, in most cases these steps will save you money, and even make you healthier.

Read the rest of the article at The Times-Picayune.