In 2013 HighWaterLine Miami successfully used art to engage greater Miami in lively conversations about the climate change impacts to Miami as well as inspired solutions to building a more resilient community.
Miami is the most climate vulnerable city in the United States primarily because:
- The city was built at sea level.
- Miami’s sole source of drinking water lies beneath the city in an aquifer, incredibly vulnerable to saltwater intrusion (when salt water seeps into fresh water). Close to 1/3 of Floridians rely on this aquifer for their drinking water.
The video below shows the parts of Miami that will be underwater when a severe storm hits or as sea level rise accelerates.
To learn more about Miami’s vulnerability please see the Miami Sea Level Rise FAQs.
Beginning in the Summer of 2013, diverse Miami residents came together for a series of storytelling and solutions workshops to examine just how their city is and will be impacted by climate change and begin to brainstorm ways to make Miami more resilient. These workshops culminated in a massive public performance art piece the length of a marathon (26 miles) in which neighbors demarcated their homes, historic places and more, that will be underwater in Miami Beach and the City of Miami when a major storm or 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise hits Miami. Residents literally took to the streets demarcating what will be lost and engaging their neighbors in conversations about solutions as they drew a massive blue line throughout Miami. HighWaterLine | Miami used the scientific data provided by Climate Central to create the public performance art piece.
This innovative project sparked the community based group Resilient Miami which is now actively pursuing many of the solutions brainstormed in the HighWaterLine workshops.
Our sincere thanks to all the participants:
Stephany Acosta, Vera Arias, Kevin Arrow, Irvans Augustin, Olivia Augustin, Brigid Baker, Carol Baron, Frankie Beto, Travis Beto, Leslie Bosson, Kenny Broad, Isabella Bru, Blair Butterfield, Linda Callejas, Adam Chefitz, Ariana Chiclana, Ileana Collazo, Kamal Daghistani, Celeste DePalma, Abby Diaz, Jose Diaz, Jim Drain, Stephen Eichenbaum, Sebastian Eilert, Emily Eisenhauer, Imogen Emura, Luciano Emura, Jesse Ettleson, Noor Fawzy, Raissa Fernandez, Sheila Findlay, Kamalah Fletcher, Mauricio Giammattei, Jayme Gershen, Mia Gifford, Lela Gonzales, Thorn Grafton, Reverend Grey Maggiano, Colleen Ahern-Hettich, Nicole Hammer Hernandez, Patricia Marguerita Hernandez, Ernie Hsiung, Jared Jacobs, Nando Jaramillo, Lori Ann Jordan, Stuart Kennedy, Brian Lemmerman, Francine Madera, Corinna Moebius, John Montgomery, Hugo Montoya, Margaret Morales, Rene Morales, Saja Morales, Anneliese Morales, Yvette Moreno, Maggie Nieto, Stacey Nyugen, Lela Payne, Marissa Prieto, Barbarita Ramos, Olivia Ramos, Laura Reynolds, Luis Rodrigues, Amy Rodriquez, Genevieve Rodriguez, Amy C San Pedro, Wilson Sayre, Adam Schachner, Alexis Segal, Julian Smothers, Christopher Sopher, Bruce Wayne Stanley, Isaac Stein, Elizabeth Tavares, Jim Teas, Michelle Thomas, Matthew Toro, Justin Trieger, Marta Viciedo, Steve Vincenti, Colin Worth, Nathaniel Wolkstein, Sarah Yousuf
AIA Miami, Art Center South Florida, BASS Museum, Catalyst, CLEO, Code for Miami, EcoArt South Florida, EMERGE, Emergency Office Center of Miami Beach, Florida International University students & faculty, Florida American University students & faculty, LAB Miami, Magical City Bike Collective, Miami Foundation, Miami Surfrider, Public Allies, Trinity Church Congregation, University of Miami students & faculty, Whereby.us