Climate change is real
(We all know that already)
Displacement of people due to climate change is already happening. Not just “there”
By which I mean that of the approximately 20M people who are displaced by weather events each year, 85% of them are in developing countries in Asia and Africa. But weather doesn’t discriminate.
Here in New York City people are at risk too.
In 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States and Canada. In New York State, 910,000 homes were without power after the storm (often for many weeks or even months). And 30,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers’ homes were so damaged that they had to leave.
Narrowing the focus on Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, which is unique in that the entire neighborhood is positioned below FEMA’s flood line.
FEMA Flood Hazard Mapper 2015
In our research of Red Hook and Hurricane Sandy, we were struck by this story we read of Tameka Evans, who decided to stay in her Red Hook Houses apartment after the storm hit. There was water damage and no heat, no electricity and no running water for weeks after the flooding. She heated her apartment with the flames from her stove, which is extremely dangerous. But despite these living conditions, staying home was her best and probably only option.
This is FEMA’s flood hazard map from 2015, which, as noted before, shows Red Hook completely under the water line.
And this is FEMA’s projection of New York City in 2080. It’s clear that the number of people at risk is going to grow as climate events become more severe in the future.
New Yorkers will need temporary housing in the event of future floods because their homes will become unsafe
How might we
Make a campaign poster that arouses New Yorkers empathy and trigger them to sign up to host people affected by future climate events?
Noun: a place for ships on the coast that is protected from rough water
Verb: to give home or shelter to