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The stories of Isle de Jean Charles and the National Disaster Resilience Competition have been covered by media, professionals and academics alike.
The links below represent many viewpoints, aggregated here for reference purposes only. The Louisiana Office of Community Development makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any views contained herein.

Leaving Paradise

Thanks to a federal grant that made them the nation’s first “climate refugees,” the people of Isle de Jean Charles will be given a chance to move to higher ground, away from the rising water that threatens their two-century-old Gulf Coast community. But residents say that they only feel at home when they are near water and family. Can their new community provide both?
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Washed Away

A small Louisiana community is part of a groundbreaking project to relocate together at taxpayer expense
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How Louisiana Is Relocating a Community Threatened by Climate Change

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, a small coastal island in the Gulf of Mexico, is currently the site of a far-reaching experiment that may shape how the government, at every level, thinks about one of the looming issues of climate change: resettlement.
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Stay or go? Isle de Jean Charles families wrestle with the sea

The message scrawled on the whitewashed plywood sign was clear, even if it was only one man's perspective: "We are not moving off this island. If some people want to move, they can go. But leave us alone." It was signed, "Edison Jr."
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Relocating Coastal Tribe Indicates Future Challenges For Louisiana

Sea level rise and land loss is affecting communities all over the world, not just in Louisiana. But Louisiana has one of the first communities that will be entirely resettled as a result: the Isle de Jean Charles.
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Isle De Jean Charles: Louisiana Community To Be Climate Change Refugees

A US community is given a government grant to leave, as climate change is helping to make their homes unlivable
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The Toughest Question in Climate Change: Who Gets Saved?

Last fall, two towns at opposite ends of the country entered a new kind of contest run by the federal government. At stake was their survival: Each is being consumed by the rising ocean, and winning money from Washington would mean the chance to move to higher ground.
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First U.S. Climate Refugees Fear Rising Seas Will Drown Their Heritage

Native American coastal communities around the U.S. have begun planning moves to higher ground, but worry their ancient ways of life will be lost in the relocation.
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Native community in Louisiana relocates as land washes away

Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has lost 98 percent of its land to coastal erosion caused by sinking land and exacerbated by rising seas and increased storm surges. The tribal community that lives there will be the first to receive federal tax dollars to help them relocate in response to climate change. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
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