In Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, the second in the Bronx Documentary Center’s series exploring the impact of the Presidency of Donald Trump, curators Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera bring together the work of photographers Stacy Kranitz, Kadir van Lohuizen, Yuri Kozyrev, Katie Orlinsky, Bryan Thomas, Marcus Yam in a harrowing exploration of the impact of White House policy on the environment.
Trump, who has called climate change “a hoax,” selected noticed climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, pulled out of the Paris Agreement, eliminated key protections for public lands, and rolled back landmark environmental legislation to the continued detriment of the people and the land.
A Devastating Impact
Today, states from Alaska to Florida are living in the shadows of irreversible climate change, as the increasingly “warmest on record” temperatures are now literally reshaping the landscape. In Climate Crisis, photographers bear witness to the devastating impact of American policy on the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
Guggenheim Fellow Stacey Kranitz documents life in “Cancer Alley,” a 150-mile pollution-ridden industrial corridor along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Here ExxonMobil. Koch, and Shell operate about 150 fossil fuel and petrochemical facilities under extremely lax environmental policies, that have resulted in extraordinarily high rates of cancer, respiratory disease, and other serious health ailments among the predominantly African-American communities in the region.
In “Arctic: The New Frontier,” Carmignac Photojournalism Award winners Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen record the melting of the polar sea ice caps, which results in the disastrous consequences of rising sea levels which Bryan Thomas documented along the Florida Coast in “The Sea of Darkness Calls” — revealing the inherent chain of events unfolding in real-time domino effect.
“How does life continue, let alone thrive, in an environment whose future has been so gravely foretold?” Thomas writes in his artist statement, “As long as humans have stood along the shore, staring toward the horizon, they have felt fear but, often, possibility. Now there is only fear. We no longer look across the ocean. We wait for it to come to us.”
By Miss Rosen
Trump Revolution: Climate Change
Bronx Documentary Center is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak; however, Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis can be seen online through June 30, 2020.