A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting

This great environmental Art Project is run by Amy Balkin and Cassie Thornton. It is a portentous and original way of recording the effects of climate change.


The Project is a collection of materials contributed by people living in places that may disappear because of the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, primarily sea level rise, erosion, desertification, and glacial melting.

As of 2015, the archive includes contributions from Anvers Island (Antarctica), Cape Verde, Greenland, Kivalina (Alaska), Nepal, New Orleans, Panama, New York City, Peru, Senegal, and Tuvalu.

Together, through common but differentiated collections, these contributions form an archive of what will have been.


Any item is equally valuable as a record of a sinking or melting place, as contributed by someone who lives there. Your contribution can be something natural, manufactured, found, made, or discarded, including trash. It doesn’t have to originate from that place – it can be anything that is there. Your submitted object will be permanently archived with with the information you send and the location’s UNFCCC Party Grouping.

Contribute here

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