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In this session of the Speculative Life Research Cluster’s film series Speculating Through Movies, we are going to be ‘speculating’ about sustainable futures through Elizabeth Miller’s project THE SHORE LINE.

Trailer: http://theshorelineproject.org/#!/about?howto

In this project, Miller explores how the rising sea levels and violent storms affect the lives of the people living by the coasts. She focuses on 43 people from 9 countries; their struggles and how they take action and locally discover solutions to this global problem.

Here is Miller’s statement:

There has never been a better time to rethink our relationship to our shorelines. We are seeing one of the greatest migrations of all times towards coastal cities at precisely the moment we should consider retreat. 70% of the world’s coastlines are vulnerable to sea level rise.

The surge of coastal tourism, the increased dumping of industrial waste, and development projects in wetlands are threatening the very ecosystems that protect us from flooding. This is exacerbated by the impacts of climate change with rising seas, higher temperatures, and violent storms. What can we learn from those living on the coast, the frontline of environmental change?

The Shore Line profiles the efforts of educators, artists, architects, scientists, city planners, and youth organizations from nine countries who are confronting coastal challenges with persistence and imagination. By featuring stories of resilience from shoreline communities around the world, we hope to inspire diverse ways of responding to our changing environment.