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Building Resilience Workshop VI
Can't Stop The Water

GBCI: 0920003388

View the emotional documentary about a community literally losing the ground beneath its feet followed by an informative Q & A with the film's director.
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE



Can't Stop the Water tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away. For 170 years, a tribe of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has occupied Isle de Jean Charles, an island deep in the Louisiana bayous. They have fished, hunted, and lived off the land. Now the land that has sustained them for generations is vanishing before their eyes. Years of gas and oil exploration have ravaged the surrounding marsh, leaving the island defenseless against the ocean tide that will eventually destroy it. As Chief Albert Naquin desperately looks for a way to bring his tribe together on higher ground, those that remain on the island cling to the hope that they can stay.


  1. Understand the history of the Isle de Jean Charles Community.
  2. Relate and compare the experiences and issues of the Isle de Jean Charles communities to other southern Louisiana communities.
  3. Engage in a larger conversation about Louisiana's coast communities and the impact of climate change.
  4. Discover how film can contribute to and inspire community discussion and action around environmental and resilience-related topics.


This course is a part of the following series:
Building Resilience Workshop VI

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Created by

USGBC Louisiana


Lt. General Russell Honore
Rebecca Ferris

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