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We are excited to collaborate with teachers, students and art curators around the world as we use VR to build “swamp literacy” about the vital role of swamps. Critical to our notion of swamp literacy is environmental justice and an understanding of how gender, race and class play out in non-sustainable urban planning and in the impacts of climate change.

By sharing in a collective discovery about the vital role of swamps with art and school communities around the world, we hope to inspire a new generation of artists, scientists, writers, engineers, and business owners who will play a leading role as environmental stewards. We invite you to use this project to identify and engage your own skills and activate your own networks in helping to spread awareness and protect our swamps.

4 Reasons we need swamps:

They protect is from storms

Disasters that used to happen every 20 years are presently happening more frequently as a result of climate change. Coastal wetlands can provide critical protection against incoming hurricane storm surges.

They clean the air

Swamps act as “carbon sinks,” and absorb carbon monoxide. Globally, wetlands are estimated to store over a third of the world’s terrestrial carbon and their destruction often results in major releases of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

They purify water

Wetlands filter out excess nutrients and dangerous pollutants in rain and stormwater runoff.

They nurture biodiversity

Wetlands are considered “biological super systems” because they produce great volumes of food that support a remarkable level of biodiversity. They are as critical as rainforests and coral reefs with regards to the number and variety of species they support.

This page was made possible with the support of the Climate Story Lab