Vulnerability, Climate Change and Oceans

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!


Days 5 & 6: Climate and Vulnerability

On Days 5 and 6 of the Ten Days of Climate Action, the Human Impacts Institute was out on the Brooklyn bridge with three families performing “Evacuation” on the Brooklyn Bridge, a slow-motion performance conceptualized by Josephine Decker. The costumes were reminiscent of the mass movements of World War II, but the message spoke to the ‘evacuation’ marine life is undergoing today resulting from climate change’s effects on their ecosystems.

People were moved by the installation and commented on the vulnerability commonly felt within their communities, describing the predicted risks as abstract, yet scary. One man commented on the danger of being “estranged from the risk” and noted the importance of portraying risk to the public in a visible way – an idea that is reinforced by the fact that recent weather has been constantly referred to as a “sign” of climate change.

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

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