"you couldn't get away from it": entanglements of incarceration and climate change
Climate change disproportionately burdens the most vulnerable segments of our society, putting those with the fewest resources at greatest risk. Mass incarceration does the same, destabilizing families and communities, and derailing lives. You may be well aware of this – but have you considered the ways that these two phenomena are entangled?
This installation introduces visitors to the ways that incarceration and climate change intersect in the United States, with each amplifying the harms inflicted by the other. Scholars, activists, and the general public are only just beginning to contend with the urgent implications of these intersections and the feedback loops they create.
If you visit this exhibit, we ask you to keep these things in mind:
+ When we talk about incarcerated people, we are talking about people---human beings with lives, hopes, feelings, and dignity.
+ The U.S. criminal justice system is full of inequity, injustice, and systemic racism. People of color and people from impoverished backgrounds are much more likely to be incarcerated and be given harsher sentences than their white and/or wealthy peers.
+ Mass incarceration touches us all, in ways you may not have considered. We all have a role to play in untangling this vicious cycle.
This project is sponsored by:
The Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change (C3BC),
the Center for Community Engaged Design and Research (CEDaR)
and in collaboration with:
the Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RISE) Interdisciplinary Research Theme
and the Climate Incarceration Research Collective (CIRCol)
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