I just lately frequented my alma mater, Loyola University in New Orleans, to mentor a group of pupils who are doing their element to elevate recognition about environmental racism and degradation.
I resolved to drive what several would time period as the “scenic route” via Louisiana. The landscapes have been attractive until eventually I turned on to River Highway, just south of Baton Rouge, where by I observed myself in an region regarded as “Cancer Alley.”
To my proper, the majestic Mississippi River flowed to my still left, billowing smokestacks permitted demise to loom down River Highway. Louisiana’s welcome indicators read through “Bienvenue en Louisiane — Hold Louisiana Wonderful,” but the landscapes of River Street are neither welcoming nor lovely.
But there is a scenic route in Louisiana loaded with magnificence, hospitality, and even hope. This route is only professional by seeking via the Loyola students’ eyes as they perform with each other to seek out justice for all.
Lindy Brasher, of Monroe, Louisiana, earned her master’s degree in spiritual training at Loyola College in New Orleans and is now pursuing a health practitioner of ministry diploma in Christian spirituality at Fordham University. She enjoys encouraging other people treatment for the lousy and vulnerable members of creation as she teaches them the value of caring for our widespread residence.