USA Today Feature

March 4th, 2020

Published January the 7th from USA Today’s 50 STATES highlights:


Vera Scarpulla, a student from New Harmony High School, works on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.

New Orleans: A new high school is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in fall 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students. Besides their traditional classes in math, literature and history, New Harmony students take science classes that tackle environmental issues. The school currently has grades nine and 10, with plans to expand to 11th and 12th grades. The state charter school’s mission is intricately tied to the state’s future. A multitude of issues from the leveeing of the Mississippi River to oil and gas development have made Louisiana ground zero for coastal land loss. The state estimates it has lost just over 2,000 square miles of land – a tract about the size of Delaware – since 1932.

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