Thursday 12 August · 18:00 - 20:00
|Location||Meeting Room 2, Student Union Building, Victoria University|
How long will it take for an ecosystem this ravaged to be "restored and made whole" as Obama's interior secretary has pledged to do?
We do know this. Far from being "made whole," the Gulf coast, more than likely, will be diminished. Its rich waters and crowded skies will be less alive than they are today. The physical space many communities occupy on the map will also shrink, thanks to erosion. And the coast's legendary culture will contract and wither. The fishing families up and down the coast do not just gather food, after all. They hold up an intricate network that includes family tradition, cuisine, music, art and endangered languages – much like the roots of grass holding up the land in the marsh. Without fishing, these unique cultures lose their root system, the very ground on which they stand.
Read more: Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world, by Naomi Klien