Climate justice reporter and cohost of Real Hot Take, Mary Annaïse Heglar
, wrote a series on her experience excavating New Orleans during Hurricane Ida earlier this year.
In a reflection that encapsulates the experiences of many living in cherished communities that are on the frontlines of climate change, Heglar wrote:
“Whenever there’s a storm like Ida, people from far away wonder, loudly and aggressively: Why do they stay? It’s a question that raises another: Have you ever been in love? Yes, there are those who stay because they don’t have the means to go, but then there are so many who stay because they don’t have the heart to go.”