Combo Disaster and Environmental Injustice

Join us for the Disaster STS Network’s Fall 2021 virtual tour of Louisiana's Cancer Alley, a corridor of chemical plants along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans with shockingly high levels of pollution, cancer and COVID-19. Cancer Alley was also devastated by Hurricane Ida, an especially intensive September 2021 storm powered by climate change. Community activists are pushing back, reaching for a just transition.

Cancer Alley powerfully illustrates historically produced vulnerability and disadvantage.  The chemical plants in Cancer Alley are built where there once were sugar plantations. Descendants of enslaved communities still live nearby. The Descendents Project and Whitney Plantation are co-organizers of the tour.

Tour Overview

  1. Land Acknowledgement

  2. Whitney Plantation

  3. Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe

  4. Louisiana's Center for Health Equity

  5. The Sunshine Bridge

  6. Louisiana Chemical Association


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Created date

September 22, 2021

Cite as

Kim Fortun, Tim Schütz, Devin Ngetich and Prerna Srigyan. 22 September 2021, "Combo Disaster and Environmental Injustice", Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 2 October 2021, accessed 15 August 2022.