National Museum of Natural History opens Unintended Journeys exhibition

The National Museum of Natural History presents Unintended Journeys an exhibition on view Feb. 7 – Aug. 13.

Flooding in Bangladesh

Flooding in Bangladesh

Drawing on 50 stunning and poignant images taken by photographers at Magnum Photos, the exhibition explores humanity’s vulnerability to the unpredictable power of nature, as well as communities’ resilience in the face of disaster. The exhibition explores the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the earthquake and tsunami off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, Japan, in 2011, as well as ongoing issues related to sea-level rise and flooding in Bangladesh’s coastal delta region and desertification in southern Sudan and northern Kenya.

This exhibition brings to the forefront the growing trend of environmental disasters that are affecting communities. In 2009, 19.2 million people were recognized as displaced by environmental disasters worldwide and that number is projected to increase at an alarming rate, primarily due to the pressures of climate change.

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