Hope for justice in a landscape of dying | Earthbeat

I lately frequented my alma mater, Loyola University in New Orleans, to mentor a team of pupils who are carrying out their aspect to increase recognition about environmental racism and degradation.

I decided to push what quite a few would phrase as the “scenic route” by Louisiana. The landscapes were gorgeous right until I turned on to River Road, just south of Baton Rouge, in which I discovered myself in an spot identified as “Cancer Alley.”

To my proper, the majestic Mississippi River flowed to my still left, billowing smokestacks authorized loss of life to loom down River Highway. Louisiana’s welcome indications go through “Bienvenue en Louisiane — Maintain Louisiana Wonderful,” but the landscapes of River Road are neither welcoming nor beautiful.

But there is a scenic route in Louisiana stuffed with elegance, hospitality, and even hope. This route is only seasoned by on the lookout as a result of the Loyola students’ eyes as they get the job done collectively to request justice for all.

Lindy Brasher, of Monroe, Louisiana, attained her master’s degree in spiritual education at Loyola University in New Orleans and is now pursuing a health care provider of ministry degree in Christian spirituality at Fordham College. She enjoys serving to some others care for the inadequate and susceptible associates of development as she teaches them the great importance of caring for our common house.