- To create handmade items that reflect our own views and interpretations of coastal optimism for Louisiana.
- To implement a virtual showcase of the items, including a discussion of the foundation and inspiration for our work.
- To have a display at one or more locations of our work that highlight creative representations of hope for the Louisiana coast (in progress).
In March 2018, Dr. Craig McClain, Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), gathered together 40 scientists, science communicators, teachers, students, and more, for an event titled OCEANDOTCOMM. Dr. McClain is concerned about how much the media focuses on the loss of the Louisiana coast, instead of celebrating the success stories. The challenge he posed to the OCEANDOTCOMM participants - find a way to communicate stories of hope for the coast, stories that successfully address the local challenges of sea-level rise, diversion of the Mississippi River, subsidence of land, loss of vegetation, and more.
These stories of Louisiana "coastal optimism" certainly can be communicated through text, audio, images, and video. Dr. McClain never said we couldn't use yarn or fabric to tell the stories of hope...
Where's the hope?
There are many individuals and organizations that are making a difference on the Louisiana coast. Please use these websites as a start to learn more about the successes. Remember, the mission of our project is to learn about social/environmental plans and efforts that are causing positive change for humans and animals in the ecosystems and environment of Louisiana.
- Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
- The Water Institute of the Gulf
- Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
- LA SAFE (Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments)
- NOAA Office for Coastal Management - Louisiana
- Louisiana Sea Grant
- Louisiana Artificial Reef Program
- Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
- Watch the Delta Grow
- Louisiana Direct Seafood