tv Earth Focus LINKTV January 24, 2022 2:30pm-3:01pm PST
announcer: on this episode of "earth focus," lessons learned rinhurricankatrina e being puto the tt along e coa of louiana. someredictew orleans will be submged by te end othis centu. the region's surval depds on its abily to ada tolimate cnge. if succeful, louiana may provide bluepri for oers around t world. [film advance clicki]
cker: tre were milies here. tre were ds in th streetlayingootball,ight? therwere nghbors. this house was the candy lady. as kid we woulcome dow andpend ouruarters d si here onhis porcand eat itnd just joy the mosphere ofthe commity, rig, and that went ay justvernight it ju got wasd away. elicopt whirrin man: are sing scen like is one toughout e city. lberman: you rember if y told thm that e leees had oken? browni don't recall
specifally, buit was tt ne orleanss floodi. walts: no. s. ock over th plants heir poch lastnight, hh? mis is somupset wi you. aouple ofonths ag we had in stor just a dinary rainstorin southst louisi it waone of the days tt we thoht, "heyjust a ltle rain but low anbehold,he city ooded. t drainagsy was not up to par. cker: we lovedurricaneas kids. i rememb when thcalm came, weould plaout in t ater. itas just other da o from scol, right, b now
it's terrifng. it's terriing. lters: ts is not hoax. ths is rea climatehange is rea so how we liveith it? i think in ts sectioof wn, we're staing to understd that wer and limate changgoes hand in nd. johnsn: new leans ithe la 5 to years hareally taken on great aptation climateesiliencand clate chnge. eletion is e of the maor adaptions thayou sotimes se is thathe hous are raid higher this is t center r the sustnable engement a devepment. have rn gards here. help mmuniti how to ild rain
rdens.e also he a orard. youee over re, we have mons. geus one o re. ater katina, yohad all ese toxi from thwater, s tht went io the so, and at's all er the lower ninth ward and probably a lot in louisiana. evidently, the process of going through the trs to beafruit, idoesn't ome in the fit. al, we commend ove-bed rdens wheryou can t fresh il to ve you cps that e not tanted witthat poi. whawe've trieto do iselp with theommunityo first educate th becausthey ge coused abo, you ow, is climate ange a pitical ise. is iteal? wjust try to ve them e facts.hen trto show how theyan be advates f how we apt to th climate cker: ife don't do methin all ts beautyof new orlns thatverybod loves,ourists me down e, th' be loong at
just water. tt's . williamsthe plane' relied on bieves th we can ght ter, anif you've ev been to a beh whenhere's a iptide nd youhink yo can fit water,ou will arn that y will le that btle. waggoner: with a climate adaptation plan, you have a wet system and a dry system, so when you need to lift water out, you can do that, but when you needo let thwater , you n let thwater in thrgh that stemnto thse nals a circula it arou e city. willms: i ansome peole might lk pastere andhink, "oh, yea it'just overown ass.no. it's a w-lying
ea thatas ctain vegetatn in it at is th perfect vegetion wheyou want war to absb and be le to diipate at more gradl rate. mean, itoesn't loolike a t of natur science,ut ther's a lot of naural scice that es into it. wagner: cos less toave green frastrucre becau this is low-maienance. this is a model of a part of the city as the main drainageasin. you ve an unrground stem, e white lis under e earththe ideaas to gethe ater io these pes, to t thatatero thespumps and ph it outthat washe thod. wiiams: trh of theatter is, the is no y to sol our waterssues wi just ou umps and turbine it'not ough. will never be enoh. ggoner:ou know,ecades of dong the ong thinusually killou. wgot our ath rning in005. lliams: thereas a poitical ll to ma sure
tt this cy sees aother 30 ars, would mean ving ery beatiful, very aesthetic blueways along with greenways throughout the city, us living with water, so that when that next storm comes, because it's going to come--that's a fact-- that water has a place to go other than your cars and your homes and the street. [film advance clicks] reed: at some point after hurricane katrina, people started get reay serus aboucoastalssues, a they arted tthink abt risk reduion, procting pele rom floong, togeer with restoraon as onthing th eds to baddresse and s we ca up wi this cotal aster plan whichs a list of rojectsthat hae been scieifically vette and so we ve projes that ddge marial froone place and t
itn anotheplace toctually bui new mares wherehere's opn watert the mont. on theisk-rection de, we have eensive ries of vees a floodgas around ome crital coast counities.hese a project thawe thi will wo, not wok now, b work in the fute. n: this skylane478 noember. kolke state's coaal maste plais a $ billion50-year plani conser myself an eanograpr and coastal ologist,o i lo at issus likwhy we sk in louiana, and i ao look at issu like ow we rebuilcoastal landspe. the rrier isnds are one of the rst lineof defens ainst atorm, rit, so notichow thiss now prty ch contious. the's o chaels in t middle it.
th is an emple of restored barrier land. l rightth you can senew orles, so th's e of the mor post-trina lee improvents, so the ea was t baically twall offhis area prevent storm sge from getti to the wer nintward. leve are somimes bui with earth,nd sometes they're ilt withoncrete, b the core pnt is that ty are al a wall at protes an are from ves anrising waters rom a srm. the ggest varble in ts is seaevel ri. if theeal level se tes are the lownd of th sptrum of at peopl pdict, th you cou rebuild rge are of the ndscape and prove flooprotecti foa lot ofeople. irates aret the hi end, th i think lot of eas wilbe lost, en with thetate's besefforts.
l rightwell, weome to codrie. thmasterlan eds a l of inpu and so e kind owork thai do fee into t parameters thathe sta needs apart of s masteplan. , you kw, i juswanted t gi you a vw of whathe salt marshearound here lo like. you canee that ere's mah oriles in at direcon. marss prove a lot buffer frm storm ergy, sohey' a buffebetween r human vilition andhe sea, the storation involvepuing sedint into marsh li this to raisehe elevaon to low it to bter keep pace with sea level re and toill in aas
that haveroded. so thiss the bua dove struure, whi is one the major fldgates ithe rganza the gullevee syste with a vee, o questionhat you ve is ho'inse and o is ouside e lev system.y drawin is wall the mar, you're channg the eironmentbut yo'ralso setng down series princips of who lives wre and t kindsf chices thathese counities face inhe yearshead, so of which e going be veryvery tou choices
bert p. quin: th area used tbe lover' lane beuse there s treeall overhe placeyou could get ihere a go hide ck thereso w'd listen music a hang ou with ur girliend. y'al do't md if i s that, h? all rit. i wasorn and ised right hre, in he ta grass rightere. i gss it reresent wre all omy anestors w born anraised andied, and lot is ried overere, awell, soo me, it mea a wholeunch. mardell the land is importt to us cause i's whre our ancestors stled. that's where e famili are. that's wherehe heartf who e are i. it's a space at we become e with.
albe p. naqu: the inans werin the w of thwhite man, so ty all signed trties forore landnd more nd, and that' how we t to ov here. t governmt hased usso wsettled er hee and wahappy, a now mother ture is tting us ay. brnet: thiis my grdparents ony mothe's se, my grandmothernd my grdfatr right ere. ias raid here whole fe. yesisle de anharlesas alwaybeen a wonderfuplace toive.he islandidn't actuly open to the rld fully, not uil outhe earlyifties wn our ro was bui. itas very sy to wa up in he morni and seermadillo in the yd or opoum or a
raccn, you ow, croing the yard whateve whatnotall that hashanged bause, wi a lot of just beg water w, e tre have died off. at u' seeing actualljust a skeletoof what used to , you kw? alert p. nuin: to , it means almo, i guesyou can y, like family mber havi ncer, yoknow? 'seing eatenway, younow, whe it'just a ttle bity little bit getng destred. now,he only ting is,he piecof land is lasng longethan theuman bo can.
the one right he is an o fielcanal. ere's one that paes here.here's onethat paes a biturther, d there's one at passein thback, so y'rlooking ter or stwater irusion cominfrom theipeline nals, and ey destred the vegetati that wesed to have.. butyou knowmost of e ople worfor the l comnies. th'rethe one that's putti food anpaying the nt and mtgages a stuff likehat, so,s much ayou hate tm, youave to ke em. dupreisle de an charl is-- what's theommon ying?-he
nary ithe mineield. w're seeing-ver herewe call relate sea lel rise. u havehe globasea leverise, ich islight, t about % the seaevel rishere is becau of subsence, we bo subsidi and youave the global a level se at th same te, so w are snking b i ink it's 3 mlimeters ear. it esn'sound li much, t you gonto 40 years50 yearsand you art o noticeifferees when you're alrey only sghtly ove the ter likesle de jean crles. brunet: the binning, was slow press. it s really not rely noticble, but tn whener the wer start coing in en more wh it, it got be morrapid bause they h more ter comi in and t land di'ttand a chanc
so many ople on eir o did makthe decion to go becau of the ter. na naqui my dad ved off the isld, i wanto sayrigh bere i wasorn becae he wasn't able get to rk with theoad floong and hneeded to wo, t i amrom the biloxi-ctimacha-octaw ba isle deean chars, and that's my hetage, th is my dauter's herige. younow, at'our faly legac albert pnaquin:aah! [lghter] t all t people o will b namedhurry upfarmer b. a chd was bo, evebody wenand visi
and bught a gt. now 's no appening tnk you f today's sunse. den, you want andian me? yes. your names littleox. theisplacemt reallyreally made change iour culte. now weind of le-- ha ha !--likthere arno indians, ok dup: the on way these coastal counities ll rvive io the ter 21st cenry is torotect oselves rom the lf of xico. i realize 300 yea, this wl probay be allpen wate i mea the seaill takes all overwhat i'm tryg to do th e leveeystem, wt i' tryg to do, is y oursels tw or 3 gerations.
it's just about impossible to clude em into a levee sysm. it wod cost pbably $300 million, and it would be nearly imposble because the salt nditionsre so ba yoknow, touild a fod-proteion prect, you ve to he more befits an cost. onehing th's t facted in thcost, th only look at t cost ofhe homes the co of the sinessesthe infrastrture, bu you kno i do't ow how youut a pce ont, b they doot consir the co of a whe cultur filmdvance ccks] [tom-m playin
cordelle: displacent kepsappeningnd we ust furtr separa our communy, it'llust get st. [men anting] man: turto the lt. coardelle:e learneabout a natnal disaer resilnce an compition, swe submied our pns. we wked to fit wh thstate's master planand theyresentedt, and igot fund. sanrs: righnow, theay elocatio typical happen in thenited stes, we ry on individl buy-t model, and o, in oher wor, someon
receiv some coensation togo live mewherelse, bu in doinso, we o lose at culral fabr, so we n't really kw if we n move ople colctively a group cheaper d more eiciently than iividuals comardle: the's ve litt positivin the form of resettleme of peopleyou know, gernments jt don't do well.e presend a diffent mode communitdesigned comunity-rien. i thnk that wa, hud loed on thatnd said,let's try i. let's try a pilotrogram, e we can fiure out w to do is on a smallescale soe can chge it for" we havso many counities t u.s. d road tt's cing the same clmate isss, and i thinkhat's why many peple are tching, cause it's like,ok. can really get ts right?" becae we kno how imrtant its for th uturof the world tget it rig.
brnet: the's realityhere that ion'ke, butt' soething that have to ce up to beuse, you se i had tgo there d make aecision lee a placthat's alwaybeen home for 7 or 8 generatis, and thatasn'easy to let of, and, in fac in spite of anering th questioa few times, it still doesn't maket sy. ilm advae clicks mardelleso this is t new prerred sitfor the land. his is wre our cmuty is gonna mo to. it's a betiful ple. to methis is w life, w birth, sustnable ple. this a healthy ace.
saders: no we do uerstand that is is a storical trbal commity, ande also unrstand tt populaons have ft thisarticula locion over period time, d thoseolks whore successf in thisroject wl hae an opptunity t reonstitutin the n locati, but ouprimary t benefiaries arthe peop ving on e islandwe want to pk up theeople th are livg in thidire scenar and ense that ty live mewherehat is se now an into e future comarlle: i hope that t ibe wou own theand, and acually, we sorof like xed ownehip. younow, the folksould havfull rigs to theiland, buat the se tie, if th were too and want tmove offf it, itould rert back the tri so that way, th ld will bforever cred forhe tribeo have. saers: we've g to walk pretty fe liney which're deloping sething tt makes sese for ts communy but also cou be applable to much wir array commuties that may in a silar
siation. wsimply d'tave a ood answ to tht questn yet. omarlle: i fd this ery empowering. 's alwing us breadown somof those cultul barrirs, som of the grief rriers tt' be in placfrom yea past. you di'tven reale it. if evy other rricane ason, y'rehaving treplace rs or furnure, youon't have chanctoave savis, and y do't he a chan to allo yo kids toava betterext step life. srting ouin is piecef proper, they canave a ho and a w to progrs into t future.f i was tportray on an endgered specielist, th is ourebirth ere we c starour new pulationo get ofthat endgered spies lt.