Miss Louisiana Earth challenges participants to make a difference for wetlands

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GRAND ISLE, LA – AUGUST 24: A view of the newly restored Caminada Headland, a 13-mile-long barrier island system that buffers the Louisiana coast from tropical storms and surge, August 24, 2019 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority restored the crucial protective land mass and calls it the state’s largest ever restoration project to date. The $216 million project was funded largely through criminal fines paid by BP and Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Louisiana’s combination of rising waters and sinking land give it one of the highest rates of relative sea level rise on the planet. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 2,000 square miles of land and wetlands, an area roughly the size of Delaware. In the past 30 years, as subsidence continues and the effects of climate change increase, Louisiana has been losing its coastal landscape at the rate of almost a football fields worth of land every hour. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Caroline Nickerson, Miss Louisiana Earth 2020, is challenging anyone to help make a difference for wetlands with her project: Land Loss Lookout.

The project aims to identify types of wetland loss in the Gulf of Mexico and label where such loss is occurring. The challenge lasts from Sunday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 15. The online project was developed by Cartoscope in partnership with Healthy Gulf and Northeastern University.

Anyone can participate, here’s how:

  • Make an account with SciStarter by clicking here.
  • Click on the Land Loss Lookout icon.
  • To go to http://bit.ly/landlosscairns, follow the directions to begin  begin participating in the project.
  • After finishing a session, the project will be directed to a short questionnaire and will inform about how many contributions are made.
  • After the information is shared, participants will be directed to SciStarter to get credit for those contributions.

Whoever makes the most contributions during the two-week period will get a shoutout on the Miss Louisiana Earth and SciStarter social media accounts.

Miss Louisiana Earth is the official preliminary to compete in the Miss Earth USA pageant. The winner of Miss Earth USA goes on to represent the United States and compete for the title of Miss Earth.

Interested in becoming Miss Earth Louisiana 2021? Click here for more information.

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