I’ve got love and assurance, I’ve got new [property] insurance
And I’ve got strength and endurance, so I count my blessings.
-Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Count Your Blessings
In 1955, the island community of Isle de Jean Charles, some 80 miles south of New Orleans, covered 22,000 acres. Since then, rising water levels and subsiding land have shrunk the island every year. Inch by inch and acre by acre, the surrounding marshes have claimed most of the island’s grassland and forests, so that today only about 450 acres remain.