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Interview: This photographer captured the lives of this island's last residents

"I wanted to show the last moments of these people's lives on the island, to show them waiting for its final hour..." She met with the last inhabitants of the Isle de Jean Charles, a small island in Louisiana which is being washed away. Photographer Sandra Mehl tells Brut Nature what she saw.

09/06/2019 10:13 AMupdated: 09/06/2019 3:17 PM
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  • George Z.
    10/19/2019 22:35

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_de_Jean_Charles,_Louisiana#Environmental_impact

  • George Z.
    10/19/2019 22:34

    This has been flooding on and off for the last few hundred years, it was actually classified as Wetlands back then

  • Dale B.
    10/11/2019 02:11

    Should China release all their 87000 dams watch sea level really rise. Talk about hording fresh water from the world.

  • Protima S.
    10/09/2019 14:56

    Darun

  • Deb E.
    10/08/2019 23:00

    So sad but it's time to relocate before the whole place is under water. It's like people who build houses and live in a flood plain like High River Alberta (you'd think the name of the town would be a hint) and then cry and complain when their streets and houses are flooded every spring. It is a shame for the old folks who have lived there for their whole lives but nothing can change this so move.

  • John Q.
    10/08/2019 18:07

    Is the sea rising, or is the land sinking? In any case, what are the provable ways humans are responsible for this?

  • Sam A.
    10/08/2019 14:44

    Nope. Wrong again. Much of the golf coast's swap land was covered with sand in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They did this to make the swamp land habitable. It's washing away because of that.

  • Shawn E.
    10/08/2019 14:19

    Islands created by silt from the Mississippi were never going to be permanent anyway, whether man interferes or not. New Orleans should not exist, humans should not be living on a fucking Delta.. Adapt, move.

  • Bruce B.
    10/08/2019 14:17

    Someone tell the obamas

  • David H.
    10/08/2019 13:09

    everybody loves to talk about natural changes but very few do something about it.

  • Marie M.
    10/08/2019 12:28

    shared one of multiple exemples of what coastal cities and island will live in a near future

  • Marc C.
    10/08/2019 12:21

    i cant listen.

  • Bob S.
    10/08/2019 12:16

    Actually caused by the creation of miles of canals cut through the cypress swamps to move the barges carrying equipment for the off-shore oil rigs. Read Bayou Goodbye.

  • Ed L.
    10/08/2019 11:58

    What we have to remember is SOME business people want to make money at any cost. They have children and grandchildren.... and if they don't care about them.... they sure as hell won't give a fuck about YOU.🤔

  • Claudia B.
    10/08/2019 11:50

    Could it be that deforestation causes that change...... So you can do easy somthing against it..... Dont be so stupid

  • James B.
    10/08/2019 11:49

    https://youtu.be/MJt7sNd2ChE

  • Nick S.
    10/08/2019 11:38

    Must be climate change. Islands don't just disappear. Coast lines dont just change topography naturally. Stuff like this didnt happen before.

  • Izabel A.
    10/08/2019 11:23

    What an exhaustive narration of the documentary but in itself it is tragic and very sad considering she is focusing on the human cost of the economic dependence of residents in the island to big oil. There is no attempt to resolve the current situation. And the people just succumbed to the reality that their island will be wiped off the map of Louisiana. Very tragic and very sad😎all lives woven just resigned to the might of the seas and greeediness of big oil😎

  • Brut nature
    10/08/2019 11:07

    To see Sandra Mehl’s complete work: https://sandramehl.viewbook.com/

  • Brut nature
    10/08/2019 11:07

    To see Sandra Mehl’s photo coverage of the Isle de Jean Charles in the new edition of 6 Mois magazine: http://www.6mois.fr/