The theme of our second workshop is "Rebuilding Home." We thought you might want to know a bit more about what Spring has in store for "Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa"...
I’ve heard pundits state there is no solid evidence for global climate change, the data are inconclusive, even saying it’s exaggerated hype, that these changes are within statistical range for normal climate conditions, not anomalous for 50 to 100 year events. To them it is a point of debate. For me and those I know, it’s more than theoretical, the heat waves, record cold, droughts, flooding, storms, water shortages, and fires are a reality.
Climate change to me is hurricane Sandy, the most brutal storm I’ve ever had to endure. I studied climate change and it was an abstract concept happening all over the world that I wanted to stop, until it was in my own front yard.
The swerving traffic and the bright lights of New York City can sometimes be suffocating for a small island girl like myself. Moving from the island of Maui to the island of Manhattan for a college education, I had such a difficult time finding spaces where I can unwind and breathe. The numerous people and whizzing traffic can be overwhelming for a person that grew up with no public transportation and zero skyscrapers. In my homeland, the crashing waves and the smell of a light salty breeze in the air immediately calms me.