What would New Orleans be without its iconic Tabasco sauce? This little red bottle embodies the Cajun heritage of NOLA, of its French Quarter, and of Louisiana. Yet, the sauce could be in danger because of climate change. The McIlhenny family has produced and created this famous Louisiana hot sauce since 1868 at Avery Island, which is actually a hill of salt surrounded by bayou and marshlands. About 2,000 sq miles of land have already disappeared in Louisiana since the 1930’s. Now, the marshes are retreating by about 30 feet per year. The salty water seeps in, kills off vegetation, and accelerates erosion. The violent storms hit the marshes flooding them with seawater. This area has one of the fastest cases of sea level rise in the world. If the sea level rises two more feet, only the lofty core of Avery Island will be above water. The Tabasco company can move to another location, but this place embodies the history of the company. The salt used in this sauce is extracted from Avery Island, putting its iconic flavor is at risk. Now the McIlhenny family has decided to invest money in its own pumps and generators, trying to preserve the location and its inheritance 🌶 - Years Of Living Dangerously

What would New Orleans be without its iconic Tabasco sauce? This little red bottle embodies the Cajun heritage of NOLA, of its French Quarter, and of Louisiana. Yet, the sauce could be in danger because of climate change. The McIlhenny family has produced and created this famous Louisiana hot sauce since 1868 at Avery Island, which is actually a hill of salt surrounded by bayou and marshlands. About 2,000 sq miles of land have already disappeared in Louisiana since the 1930’s. Now, the marshes are retreating by about 30 feet per year. The salty water seeps in, kills off vegetation, and accelerates erosion. The violent storms hit the marshes flooding them with seawater. This area has one of the fastest cases of sea level rise in the world. If the sea level rises two more feet, only the lofty core of Avery Island will be above water. The Tabasco company can move to another location, but this place embodies the history of the company. The salt used in this sauce is extracted from Avery Island, putting its iconic flavor is at risk. Now the McIlhenny family has decided to invest money in its own pumps and generators, trying to preserve the location and its inheritance 🌶