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NOLA DAY 2 October 10, 2010

Today we will be traveling to the
7th Annual VOW Festival at the Southdown Plantation
1298 Museum Drive, Houma, LA 70360. VOW stands for Voices of the Wetlands.
VOW helps to bring awareness to the struggles that are happening in the Louisiana wetlands on a day-to-day and even minute-to-minute basis. There are people everywhere in the United States and the world that are not even aware of the fact that the Louisiana wetlands are disappearing at the rate of A FOOTBALL FIELD EVERY 30-36 MINUTES. Yes, you heard me right every 30-36 minutes!!
From 1932 to 2000, coastal Louisiana lost 1,900 square miles of land, roughly an area the size of the state of Delaware. If nothing more is done to stop this land loss, Louisiana could potentially lose approximately 700 additional square miles of land, or an area about equal to the size of the greater Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, in the next 50 years. (VOW website…http://www.voiceofthewetlands.org/). The LA wetlands are NOT even under the protection of our government and it is time for the people of the United States to become aware of these facts.
For some, they would say that this problem is just a Louisiana problem but it is not. If we, as a country, do not take a stand and we continue to dismiss the fact that the coast Louisiana is disappearing this will cause a chain reaction effecting all of the United States. Just take a second and remember the effects of what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall…what happened to the gas prices…they jumped $.40 in one day and continued to climb! Now try to imagine what would happen if we lose the largest volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere and 9th largest in the world???
I will be blogging more on the effects of wetlands loss during the week. But now it is time to get my butt off this chair so that we can head to Houma, LA for a great time of fun and education!!!


6 Responses to “NOLA DAY 2”

  1. David Dodge Says:

    Do you remember the Wetlands tour we went on with Captain Wendy? Its insane to think of how all that beauty is disappearing. Also, she showed us how you could literally tell what has already been lost.

  2. Lori Mould Says:

    Oh yeah, I think Ms. Kim and I are going to try to get back down there so that she can experience the tour! I am hoping that things haven’t changed that much since the last time we were there!

  3. Natalie Norwood Says:

    I applaud your comments regarding the fact that the US gov. has their “head in the sand” about this land loss in Louisiana. We are a nation – all that occurs in every aspect of every state is an issue for every citizen of the US.
    My brother in law lives in LA. He loves it…I can hardly wait to come for a visit myself. I am taking notes from you….
    Thanks for the posting!

  4. Lori Mould Says:

    Nat, I have never understood the fact that the government seems to appear to be concerned about the issues of our country but then sit back and let the chips fall where they may. The facts don’t lie or mislead us…
    There are heritages of Southwestern Louisianan people that have the distinct possibility of becoming extinct. It is hard to fathom that we, as Americans, will change the design of a bridge so that a migratory bird does not have to fly a few feet higher but we will allow entire indigenous tribes and group of people to lose their entire way of life and the means for them to provide for their families. This problem of wetlands loss is now being exasperated by the effects of the BP oil spill.
    It is simply heartbreaking!

  5. David Dodge Says:

    Yeah, the people in our government seem to only care about getting into office. Once they are in office they do absolutely nothing to help anyone – it’s all about making it for themselves. Disgusting. 😦

  6. Lori Mould Says:

    We need to break that cycle and work to get the lobbyists under control. Just remember that there is always hope if we all work together for the common good. =)

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