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'There's still hope for miami.' inside this high school's climate change art project

MIAMI HERALD | MAY 19, 2022 
BY SUMMER BRUGAL AND AMANDA ROSA

Dozens of Miami Senior High School students shuffled from the scorching heat outside into their school’s freezing auditorium one Wednesday evening.

The small group of students weren’t there for classes, theater club rehearsals or detention. They were there to learn more about the rising sea levels that threaten Miami — and what they could do to stop it.

The April 27 town hall, which featured a panel of climate experts, was part of local artist Xavier Cortada’s The Underwater, a social art project that teaches students about how the climate crisis would impact not just the city of Miami, but also their futures. It’s a continuation of Cortada’s Underwater HOA project, which encouraged homeowners to find the elevation of their homes and plant a sign in their yard displaying the number in feet.

Underwater Project at Miami Senior High school

‘The Underwater’ Climate Town Hall

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In order to warn against sea level rise, students plant markers that show height above sea level