The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) recently joined forces with the Sea Level Solutions Center and the College of Communications, Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) to host a public event at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This innovative art-science community event had the goal of igniting action concerning the health of Biscayne Bay, the global rise of sea levels, and the search for solutions as our local water bodies change.
During the event, the audience had the opportunity to experience dance, music, video and poetry pieces from “A Sea Change” — an interdisciplinary theatrical performance led by the Department of Theater, focused on climate change and rising seas. Following the performances, there was a panel discussion with Tiffany Troxler, Executive Director of the SLSC, Chris Kelble- Oceanographer at NOAA AOML, Rolando Santos Corujo– Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), Laura Bracken, Program & Outreach Manager at the UM RSMAS, Matthew Smith- Ph.D. Student at SEAS and Xavier Cortada, nationally recognized environmental artist, to discuss with the audience the past and present of Biscayne Bay and how we can work together to secure the health of its ecosystems.
Other event activities included a reading of Xavier Cortada’s “DO NOT OPEN” poem of what is to come in with sea level rise: “We’ve witnessed destruction and loss. But now face our greatest challenge: Water is rising and it won’t recede” as well as an interactive portion where the audience wrote letters to the next generation telling them about our journey with Climate Change in Miami. The audience got to paint on “Drift Cards”, as part of the UM RSMAS Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study. The mission: deploy, capture and analyze data collected by both citizen scientist-decorated drift cards and GPS-equipped ocean surface drifters to understand where the trash may be coming from. The cards decorated last Saturday will be launched on December 12 to the Bay.