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I left Thibodaux, Louisiana at 9 a.m. on July 27, 2022. An hour later, I arrived at Isle de Jean Charles where I had a vision of the world a hundred years in the future.
Everybody knows that disasters – including hurricanes and floods, heat waves and fires – cause tremendous hardship. What’s less well known is that disasters generally strike people already experiencing hardship. That’s because it’s the poor and the marginalized who tend to live in areas most vulnerable to calamity.
In 2005, she was a divorced, single mom living in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. “I had an autistic son and a full-time job,” she said. “My mother helped me, but I didn’t have time for anything more than work and family. Or so I thought.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2021 was one of the most destructive and expensive years in American history. The total cost in dollars was some $145 billion.
This special issue of the Anthropocene Alliance Newsletter is dedicated to a single artwork by Sue Coe. Sue has been a good friend of Anthropocene Alliance from the beginning, offering advice and moral support when we first launched, and providing artworks to illustrate some of our blogs and stories. Her art is found in the permanent collections of many of the most famous museums in the world. She had a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2018 and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.
The following story follows up on our broader study of environmental injustice in Port Arthur, written by Anthropocene Alliance co-founder, Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman.
This edition of Anthropocene Alliance Newsletter is dedicated to a single story: The struggle of the working-class and Indigenous people of Tar Creek, Oklahoma to restore to health a once beautiful and still cherished river tributary. Tar Creek is a branch of the Neosho River that flows through Miami, Oklahoma.
Image top: The North Star newspaper, Rochester, New York, edited by Frederick Douglas, June 2, 1848