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Following Kristen Poppleton’s most recent blog post on the impact of climate change on human migration, I thought Climate Lessons readers might like to know about a website which could be helpful for educators trying to help their students visualize and personalize this issue which can seem rather vast and difficult to comprehend. www.nativeland-stopeject.com is a website that has been periodically updated in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Native Land, Stop Eject”, which premiered at Paris’s Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art in 2008, was brought to Denmark during the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in 2010, and was most recently presented in Bilbao, Spain this summer. “Native Land, Stop Eject,” is a two-part exhibition focusing on the consequences of globalization and climate change in which the philosopher Paul Virilio and the filmmaker Raymond Depardon explore the tragedy of enforced emigration. The exhibition has gone under the radar of most of the international press, perhaps due to the complexity of the issues it treats, and that’s a shame. As philosopher and co-creator Paul Virilio says (with no false modesty), “Native Land is the exhibition of the century. This show is a preface to the 21st century, to its tragedies and, especially, of the great Diaspora. In other words, the fact that the planet will be entirely repopulated, from North to South, from East to West.” Depardon contributes the film “Hear Them Speak”, which is presented as a vast video projection giving voices to the nomads, farmers, islanders, and indigenous peoples threatened with exile from their homeland or extinction. And the installation “Exit” is a half-hour immersive visualization of human migration data created by a team of visualizers led by the U.S. architecture group, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Using Virilio’s ideas as a launching pad, they’ve created dynamic, computer animated maps of global human migrations and their causes based on data from international organizations. Unfurling around the visitor in a darkened rotunda, the installation is an ingenious way to comprehend and visualize the complicated political, economic, and environmental factors that increasingly uproot populations across the globe.
The “Native Land, Stop Eject” website, www.nativeland-stopeject.com, is unfortunately not particularly oriented toward educators, but there are multiple videos of interviews with the exhibition’s key players, conference excerpts, glimpses of exhibition films and the animated maps presentations, as well as photographs of the exhibition, and a wealth of web links for statistics and data on these issues.
Here are some helpful links to get started, including external links to animated map videos from the exhibition:
TEXT: Populations are at risk of displacement due to the effects of global warming. Increases in carbon emissions cause global warming. These emissions are not distributed equally around the globe. Global temperature rises when carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase. A small increase in global temperature causes oceans to warm, polar ice caps to melt, and sea levels to rise.
Jeffrey T. Iverson has been reporting from Paris as a TIME Magazine contributor since 2007. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in French Studies and Journalism in 2005, and today writes on a variety of subjects including French culture, politics and gastronomy for TIME and other publications.