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HighWaterLine

MAKING IT LOCAL

CLIMATE TIMELINE

Any community can adapt and re-imagine a HighWaterLine, even if you are not near a waterfront. Climate change will impact daily life in each community distinctly, making the focus on your local region important. You will find in some areas that local government or nonprofit organizations have already initiated action plans for responding to or adapting to climate change. In many places you can check with your County Water agency, State Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Management or County Floodplain Management to access flood maps for your region. Public opinion about climate change is also complicated, so focusing on strategies like public engagement can offer an opportunity to educate

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Al Gore begins doing global warming powerpoint presentations

Scientific studies suggest the possibility of Antarctic ice sheets collapsing raising sea levels catastrophically with global warming

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and build consensus in your local community. Never assume that you know everything that is happening in your own backyard!

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First UN Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (June)

An Inconvenient Truth film (May) 2012

UN Forms Panel on Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy hits New York City (October 22-29)

AGENCY: Empowering Self & Community Since 2007 when Mosher performed the HighWaterLine in New York City, many arts organizations globally have invited her to replicate this work in multiple cities such as Dublin, San Francisco, and The Hague. However, Mosher is committed to keeping her work local.

GETTING STARTED

The thought of flying around the planet to teach about climate change seemed to Mosher problematic to the work itself. The artist would prefer that communities recreate her work as their own. The HighWaterLine is then a platform for empowerment and agency, inviting selfmotivated actions inspired by her work. In the artworld, the HighWaterLine would be considered a form of social practice, which usually involves engaged art making with a particular community or place. Much of this work is open source or D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) encouraging individuals to share resources and build on collective skills sets, encouraging community regeneration and individual empowerment. In the social sciences, agency is the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices. In the case of this learning guide, Mosher wants to inspire agency in all individuals who recreate her HighWaterLine as a social practice artwork.

White House edits report on climate change (June) Hurricane Katrina (August 23-30)

First UN Climate Report (July)

1990 First World Climate Conference 1979

Metro East Coast Assessment Report published (began in 1998)

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Climate Timeline

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC) Eve Mosher performs the HighWaterLine in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn (Summer)

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HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE  

ecoartspace presents Eve Mosher's HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE, the first in a series of ten art and ecology learning guides presenting replic...

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