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Seeing the (In)Justice of Sustainability: Visualizing Inequality at the Centre of Climate Change Communication
  • ISSN: 2632-2463
  • E-ISSN: 2632-2471


Responding to a dearth of significant climate policies and the growing risks to coastal communities around the world, Miami artist Xavier Cortada created a socially engaged art project aimed at generating awareness and action around sea level rise – Underwater Homeowners Association (UHOA). The initiative utilizes local elevation data to inform the creation of yard signs and painted street intersections, consequently bringing attention to the area’s vulnerability to rising seas and convening neighbours for monthly meetings. Beyond science communication, UHOA provides a creative approach to developing interdisciplinary partnerships, engaging communities and mobilizing agents of change.


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