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This two-week, pop-up exhibition and public programs at the Riverside Art Museum, invites audiences to follow the stories of people from 22 frontline communities around the U.S., Mexico, and Colombia, including Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, as they explore the roots of climate and environmental injustice where they live. Frontline communities are those that experience the first and worst consequences of climate change, and are most often immigrants, communities of color, Native American, and low-income.


Local stories represented in the exhibition and accompanying public programs explore how artists, community groups, and environmental justice organizers grapple with ways to convey the impacts of over a billion square feet of warehouses and a vast infrastructure of freeways, railroads, and intermodal rail yards blanketing the I.E. How does this affect people and places in Riverside and San Bernardino, where residents experience among the highest rates of air pollution and asthma in the state? And how have frontline communities creatively resisted, from coalition building and other solidarity movements to greening and re-storying sites of significance?

Climates of Inequality is collectively produced by the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), students and faculty at University of California, Riverside, People’s Collective for Environmental Justice, and organizations in 21 other localities, led by Rutgers University-Newark. The project is funded in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences, the UC-Riverside Teresa and Byron Pollitt Endowed Term Chair for Interdisciplinary Learning and Research, Relevancy & History Project partnership between UCR Public History and California State Parks, A People’s History of the I.E., and UC-Riverside Department of Society, Environment, and Health Equity.

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  • Nikki Le
  • Frank Jia

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