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  • Hurricane in the GulfHurricanes, Climate Change, and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Earthquake in HaitiEarthquake and Aftermath in Haiti
  • Tsunami in JapanEarthquake and Tsunami in Japan
  • Flooding in BangladeshBangladesh and Rising Sea Levels
  • Desertification in East AfricaClimate Change and Habitat Destruction in Africa
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Unintended Journeys provides a glimpse into the lives of humans displaced by global climate change and some of the most devastating natural disasters in the past decade: 2010 Haitian earthquake; 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and ongoing sea level rise in Bangladesh; and desertification in eastern Africa. Learn more about each disaster location featured in this exhibit by exploring each site below.



Have you been displaced by or witnessed human displacement due to environmental disaster? The photos of this exhibit represent the spirit of photojournalism and its power to document human events. We invite you to share your experiences.

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