Accordion-style panels fill up one of the gallery exhibition rooms at the Bell Museum near the University of Minnesota campus. Each panel is colored brightly to set them apart and labeled with a place: Providence, Rhode Island; Greensboro and Princeville, North Carolina; Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Opening at the Bell Museum on March 12, “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice” will stay until May 16, when it will be folded up and transported to its next location.
Organized by the Humanities Action Lab, over 500 students, educators and environmental justice advocates around the nation helped map, research and create the information displayed in the exhibit.
A section of the Twin Cities panel examines the Rights of Manoomin, or wild rice. In Anishinaabe culture, wild rice has the right to clean water, freedom from genetic engineering and a healthy, stable climate. Another section looks at environmental racism and insufficient city response following a tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis in 2011.
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