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Up from the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster
A University of South Florida oceanography team discovered a humongous underwater oil plume – 22 miles long, 6 miles wide, and 3300 feet deep – last week in the
We have supplied approximately 40 per cent of the nation’s oysters and 70 per cent of the shrimp. The bounty of our waters,
As a collective trauma, born of environmental and economic destruction, seeps through a culture of sturdy people, who habitually recover from hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, I hear person after person saying, “It’s all too much to comprehend; will towns end up deserted?” Around the
After Katrina, the hard-working Bayou La Batre residents rebuilt shrimp boats, homes, businesses, and lives. If the name seems familiar, in Forrest Gump, it’s the town of
What can you do if your livelihood and your ‘way of life’ is destroyed? Along the Gulf coast, economic devastation has begun a creeping process akin to the oil. There will be a direct impact to the many enterprises built around water related activities and products. And there will be the indirect impact on all of their suppliers and the many businesses where owners and employees would have spent their incomes.
While this manmade oil volcano is an unusual means of job destruction, similar patterns have happened over time in other industries for different reasons. Examples: Textile mills closed, various manufacturing plants moved offshore, steel mills ceased production, film was replaced by digital media. When one industry provides most of the income for any community, its residents are economically vulnerable.
Are you being forced to change your career path?
In this series I will examine options for starting over, especially when you never planned to have your life upended.
When you’re experiencing emotional upheaval, it’s often difficult to think rationally and evaluate your options clearly. The faster you can work through the worst of your psyche’s chaos, the quicker you can pursue a future built on a solid foundation.