Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

The unbelievable devastation of New Orleans is almost beyond human comprehension.  The virtually complete destruction of the entire city by Hurricane Katrina, the loss of huge numbers of lives, the ruination of the property and lives of so many, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is a tragedy of historically monumental proportions.

This year, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally revisited two families five years after Hurricane Katrina and created this photo-essay about the effect of Katrina on children who are living along the Gulf Coast.

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Tragic Loss

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Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

Denmark is an incredible new music video directed by Daniel Fickle for The Portland Cello Project.  The animated video hits a timely note, depicting the brave tale of a tiny shrimp that springs into action when plumes of toxins invade its water world.  A plan is formulated, a missing part is fetched, and all goes according to plan, until….

At a deeper level, the video represents an expression of the struggle people go through to reconcile loss.  It’s also a stirring tribute to a friend of the band, who fought a courageous battle with cancer in his/her own, disguised and dignified manner.  Director Daniel Fickle manages to get into the mood of sorrow behind this piece of music from Portland Cello Project, and he makes everything in the video look almost as gloomy.  Watch the video with the music at full volume, and then listen to the music with your eyes closed.  It’s truly magical.

Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

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BP’s Next Huge Oil Catastrophe: It’s MARS!

BP’s Next Huge Oil Catastrophe: It’s MARS!

MARS! is a very thought-provoking animated short by Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham, which tells the now painfully common tale of one species colonizing another and sucking its resources dry. This poignant environmental message shows the perils of utilizing a planet’s resources with absolutely no regard for nature and wildlife.  MARS! can’t help but evoke clear connections to British Petroleum’s ongoing, catastrophic Louisiana oil spill that’s devastating the southern Gulf Coast.  This is what we’re  actually doing to our own planet!

BP’s Next Huge Oil Catastrophe: It’s MARS!

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Hurricane Katrina: After the Levees Broke

Hurricane Katrina: After the Levees Broke

By Sunday afternoon, a historic evacuation of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, the largest evacuation in state history, had been completed with 2 million people having joined together in an exodus that left New Orleans standing in near silence as a ghost town. Policemen and National Guardsmen were carrying guns while they stood watching over the city’s empty streets, as the nation anticipated a storm that could turn out to rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power.

The storm was set to crash ashore on midday Monday with frightful force. Weather forecasters are presently saying that Gustav is very likely to grow stronger as it marches toward the Gulf Coast with top sustained winds of around 115 mph. At 5 p.m. Sunday (EDT), the National Hurricane Center said Gustav was a Category 3 storm that was centered about 215 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving northwest at around 18 mph.

After the Levees Broke: Ghost Town

Read more about the Gulf Coast evacuation in The New York Times.

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