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Sinking Louisiana (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-05-22

Duration: 00:56:56

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Environment | COASTAL EROSION | COASTAL RESTORATION | Climate change | Louisiana. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Tornqvist, Torbjorn Interviewee
  • Haase, Bren Interviewee
  • Boulet, Monique Interviewee
  • Marceaux, Clair Hebert Speaker
  • Lux, Travis Speaker
  • Sanders, Matt Speaker
  • Ramrakhiani, Hrilina Speaker
  • Owens, Maida Speaker
  • Jacobsen, Bob Speaker
  • Mclindon, Chris Speaker
  • Jindal, Selia Speaker
  • Dix, Kendall Speaker
  • Pittman, Garvin Speaker
  • Lopez, John Speaker
  • Vuxton, Emily Speaker
  • Jackson, Torri Speaker
  • Burkett, Virginia Panelist
  • Haase, Bren Panelist
  • Wendland, Tegan Panelist
  • Forbes, Pat Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 22, 2019, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on how coastal Louisiana is preparing for climate change. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Torbjorn Tornqvist of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University; Bren Haase, the executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA); and Monique Boulet, the CEO of the Acadiana Planning Commission. The audience members then discuss their concerns about climate change and Louisiana’s coast. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Virginia Burkett, a climate scientist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS); Bren Haase, the executive director of CPRA; Tegan Wendland, a coastal reporter with WWNO in New Orleans; and Pat Forbes, the executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development. They discuss: Louisiana’s preparations for dealing with climate change; how community groups and nonprofit organizations can help with the effort; improving our understanding of subsidence; educating the general public on the issues facing Louisiana’s coast; funding for the coastal master plan; shoreline protection projects; the role of insurance; resettling the residents of Isle de Jean Charles; the importance of preserving Louisiana’s traditional cultures; working collaboratively; the most vulnerable areas of the coast; concerns about increased storm intensity; their advice for local officials as they plan for the future of coastal communities; the importance of removing politics from decision-making; and the status of the watershed initiative. This program is made possible in part through funding from WNET and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau