The future described in a project becomes the everyday reality?
HighWaterLine was about imagining the future scenarios with unchecked carbon emissions - and were realized in 2007, 2013 and 2014. Now from 5-12 years later, not only are those impacts locked in, they are predicted to be worse than expected (our carbon emissions increased in 2018 instead of heading on the downward trend we so desperately need).
So, now what? HighWaterLine, as originally conceived is no longer a viable project.
Instead, I want to work with communities to embrace truths, emotions and imagination.
I want to work with communities to confront the reality of their situation. It will begin with partnerships with local researchers to uncover and share what will happen to the local community and wider urban area of a given region - what are all the impacts that they are facing? Increased flooding and storm surge, increased temperatures (urban heat island - which is linked directly to increased aggression and crime), increased food and water stresses and existing social vulnerability.
Participants will then be invited to go on a walk with their friends and neighbors in their own neighborhood with a set of prompts. These prompts invite them to discuss the truths they have been learning, to walk in silence and observe, to comment and to take time to process and be with the emotions of facing an uncertain future.
The next step is to provide prompts and make space for participants to start to imagine the possible futures available in a changing world. How do we relate to one another differently, govern differently, create new food systems and systems of social resilience and support?