Louisiana has lost over 1,800 square miles of land over the past 80 years. That’s an area the size of Delaware. Scientists expect a comparable level of land loss in the next fifty years if coastal protection and restoration don’t become priorities for the people of Louisiana and the United States.


When we lose land, we also lose local knowledge of the peoples and places most affected by climate change, land subsidence, sea level rise, storm surges, hurricanes, and other human impacts.



Coastal Voices is a humanities initiative committed to understanding the cultural consequences of environmental changes to Louisiana’s endangered landscape. It’s about telling stories and listening to the stories of people who call the coast home.

Through intimate portraits and personal perspectives, Coastal Voices reflects upon the past, present, and future of coastal living in Louisiana. It’s a space for people to share their experiences and to learn from the experiences of others, resulting in serious conversations and concrete actions about cultural preservation, transformation, and loss.



Coastal Voices invites you to explore the relationship between people, land, and water in Louisiana.

The website is organized around seven communities with strong ties to the coast. For each community, you can listen to audio documentaries, watch video interviews, learn from maps, and look at photo albums that highlight the human voices and faces of Louisiana’s coast. You can also share your own stories and photographs of life in coastal Louisiana.


No story is too insignificant. No picture is too mundane. Together, our knowledge of the past and our perspectives on the present can make a difference in how we prepare for the future.