Seacoast Remembrance Project: Durham
The Town of Durham collaborated with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, UNH Cooperative Extension, and NH Sea Grant. Durham’s installation, “Seacoast Remembrance Project,” is one of the first in a larger, national initiative called “Remembrance of Climate Futures” spearheaded by Thomas Starr, professor of Design at Northeastern University. The goal of the initiative is to strengthen the public awareness of climate change by using site-specific markers of projected climate impacts to induce a personal and thought-provoking response. Each marker is inscribed with a message that places the reader in the future by using the language of historical markers, e.g., “Wagon Hill closed for summer due to health concerns related to outbreak of ticks – June 8, 2044.” By framing these future events in the past tense, the viewer is presented with the long-term impacts of climate change in a more immediate, local, and impactful way.