Vanishing Paradise are the people getting the word out about Louisiana. It's time you learned who they are and how they are benefiting you.
In democracy you have to be a player.
-Hunter S. Thompson
In Episode 44 I want to bring some really important stuff to your attention. I want to introduce you to Vanishing Paradise. Vanishing Paradise is an organization that works to nationalize the issues that affect us here in Louisiana.
But what does that mean?
Well, Louisiana is a really important place. We have a good chunk of the nation's wetlands that are home to a wide spectrum of birds, ranging from Brown Pelicans to Roseate Spoonbills. Of course, we are the Inshore Fishing Capital of the World, not to mention our incredible commercial fishing that brings in menhaden (pogies), shrimp, crab, oysters and more.
Vanishing Paradise brings our issues to the attention of people across the nation, especially our elected representatives. They communicate how important and relevant our wetlands are and the damage that will be done on a national scale if we allowed them to disappear.
All sorts of things affect our marshes and cause them to erode:
- Mississippi River being levied off
- sea levels rising
- coastal erosion
One of the ways you can help is by participating in the public hearings for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. It's your chance to give your opinion to those people in charge of coastal restoration.
It's strongly recommended you visit the CPRA website to get more information. As of now, this is the schedule for public hearings. Click picture to enlarge.