Sea-level Rise and Sculpture

As part of Climate Week NYC, the Human Impacts Institute launched its Ten Days of Climate Action. The goal of the Ten Days was to use creative art installations around varying topics concerning climate change to inspire curiosity and conversations with passers-by on often overwhelming issues. Community members were also asked to become a part of the solution through a variety of public engagement activities, such as video journals and petitions.

The Ten Days was a great success, engaging tens of thousands of locals and tourists alike with thought-provoking art and conversations on climate throughout the City.

Weren’t able to make it? See what we did for our inaugural Ten Days below and take ten climate actions today!


Day 2: Sea-Level Rise

On Sunday September 18, the Human Impacts Institute visited East River State Park on the Brooklyn waterfront with an interactive sculptural installation from HII’s Director of Outreach and Advocacy, Alex White. White’s piece asked the locals about their concerns and solutions towards sea level rise in NYC. Participants wrote their concerns and solutions and added them to the growing sculpture.

Some worried about shutdown of the subway system, destruction of natural habitats, damages to infrastructure and decreasing property value, saltwater intrusion and more dangerous storms, and an increase in insect borne diseases. Some of the participants’ proposed solutions included promotion of green energy, recycling, usage of public transportation and walking, and education on the effects of sea level rise.

Sea levels are currently increasing 1/10 inches per year due to climate change according to the Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Learn about how your state is reducing emissions to prevent this from going much further.

By Human Impacts Institute’s 2011 Environmental Services Intern, Melanie Sluyter

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