[Ed. – Better question is what is a climate change refugee?]
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Members of a small Native American community in south Louisiana are becoming known as America’s first climate change refugees. Their coastal home is disappearing and they’ve received a $48 million dollar grant to retreat inland. As Tegan Wendland of member station WWNO reports, they face the challenge of preserving their culture in the process.
TEGAN WENDLAND, BYLINE: Isle de Jean Charles is an island about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans. It’s small and remote. There’s only one road through the marshes, and when it rains, it’s accessible only by boat. Boyo Billiot walks through the wild, swampy, overgrown woods and remembers his childhood.
BOYO BILLIOT: We’d leave the house in the morning and wouldn’t come back until the afternoon. We can kill all kind of bird. We make us a fire, cook them (laughter), yeah.