A question occurred to me a couple of years ago that I’d put behind me. I remembered it yesterday during the day-long extravaganza of bullshit that this city became. How long would it take for New Orleans to just disappear if we were all to leave? I mean gone. The more I think about it though, I was really imagining everything south of I-12 and east of the Baton Rouge/Morgan City line. It’s a morbid question, I know. But I kinda feel like we’re all fighting the city’s desire to be left alone. On some level, though it makes me sound like more of a liberal, hippie, tree-hugger than I am, I feel the whole planet is like that. I guess since the storm I’ve become more aware of our interactions with the planet and how something is amiss. Or maybe it’s just easier for me to look at Katrina as being the earth’s immune system attacking a particularly sickly part. Cancer alley. Drilling platforms, refineries, destruction of wetlands, elimination of sedimentary deposits all along the delta…I just can’t see where we, as human beings, are doing anyone any favors by being here. Even we suffer for our impact you could say….obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyper tension, heart disease in general, various cancers…
Anyway, I’ve always figured the earth would get rid of us when it had had enough of our shit. I guess I just didn’t think it would be during my lifetime.
While looking around for more information on how long the earth would take to rebound from humans living here I discovered this interesting little site that some of you may already be aware of.
By the way, from what I can tell, the answer to the question is around 300 years. Ironically, that’s about as long as New Orleans* has been here. Kinda puts us at the half way mark in some ways.
**…as a city as we sort of understand it so don’t be an ass and go off on me about some fucking mound building Indians because that’s not what I’m talking about and you know it.