Tonight at the Franco Parenti Theater in Milan, on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, I will talk about border walls as a prominent part of today’s global landscape. In 1989 there were 15 border walls worldwide, today there are 70. With my new project “A Wall In-Between” I follow the international migration routes linking this modern obsession for border control with climate change and environmental migration, to offer through photography a glimpse of what our planet will be in the next future. Today, border walls no longer divide different ideologies, but the rich from the poor and there will be 120 million new poor by 2030 in the world due to climate change (source UN).
“We risk a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.” Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. More info here.