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Stilt houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Development Planning Unit, University College London
When Land Is Just a Memory:
On Environmental Sites of Conscience
“A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Whether a concentration camp in Europe or a site of detention in Latin America, Sites of Conscience offer communities tangible links between the past and the present. As such, they play an invaluable role in our future, giving rise to hope and action on today's most daunting challenges. As climate change poses an increasing threat worldwide, Sites of Conscience are taking the lead in exposing the effects of global warming on historic preservation as well as on the pursuit of human rights. In this Newsletter, three Coalition members discuss the evolving field of environmental justice and how it affects their landscapes and lives. Click below to read the opening piece on Founding Coalition member Maison des Esclaves in Senegal  an historic slave house that is being threatened by rising sea levels.
 
 
"The Environment Isn't Just the Things; It's the People"
How do poverty and climate change relate? How do our cultural habits influence our environment? In 2015, the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, a Coalition member located in Chicago, Illinois launched an innovative initiative to explore environmental issues from a cultural perspective. Click below to learn more about the program from Director Rosa M. Cabrera and Museum and Exhibitions Coordinator Lena Guerrero Reynolds.
Environmental Working Group
Damage to the environment is always intertwined with damage to people; community health is threatened, people are forced to migrate, and the chances of conflict are increased. As a result, environmental justice is intrinsically connected with social justice. To address this, the Coalition recently assembled an environmental working group that brings together members from around the world to address the human and environmental impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. For more information or to join, contact Braden Paynter
"The Ocean Is in Us"
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington is dedicated to the history and narratives of the Asian Pacific American community. In November 2016, it debuted a year-long exhibit entitled, “We Are the Ocean: An Indigenous Response to Climate Change.” In this essay, Executive Deputy Director Cassie Chin showcases some of the exhibit’s key installations and lessons to be learned.
 
 

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is a global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today's movements for human rights and social justice. We help sites around the world better engage their communities through grants, networking and training.

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