Two weeks ago our campaign coalition, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, launched its new website. A visually stunning new home on the Web, we hope the site provides visitors with a unique perspective on the myriad of problems facing the Mississippi River Delta. The bulk of our country’s seafood and energy industries call the delta home, as do some of our most unique communities and cultures, but like many places throughout the globe, the delta faces an all out assault on its ecosystem. The delta’s problems go farther than merely the ecosystem. Its very existence lies in the balance. Currently, the delta is sinking, losing land at a rate of a football field an hour due to human engineering projects that halted the delta’s natural riverine processes. We can reverse this and must do so for the sake of the delta’s wildlife and people.
Often, people tend to think of environmental issues as strictly environmentalists versus industrialists, jobs versus trees, but in reality, the two often go hand-in-hand. In the long-term, it nearly always pays to protect the environment. We depend on ecosystems in ways we may not even understand, and though the delta represents just one region of one country, the problems it faces translate equally to similar endangered ecosystems worldwide. We hope to show that protecting the environment need not be an all or nothing approach and that restoration can indeed take place with economic growth. More to the point, we also hope to show – need to show – that the Mississippi River Delta, as one of America’s great landscapes, deserves your attention and your advocacy, whether you live in New York City or Houma, Louisiana.
With that said, if you have not visited yet, please do take a few minutes to browse through our website at www.mississippiriverdelta.org and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@RestoreDelta) to learn more about the delta and how you can make a difference.