A Changing Valley is an interactive online platform composed of multimedia vignettes that together, share a moment in time around one of the largest inland ports in the continental United States.
The Inland Valley is experiencing one of the fastest industrializations in its history due to the expansion of the movement of goods industry. With the rise of two-day shipping, rose a rapid change in the movement and health of the Valley. The influx of diesel trucks incessantly moving through the communities, causing a spike in ozone and particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) to the area.
The vignettes, which are at the core of the project, highlight various community members, organizers, poets, and artists. Their stories bring humanity to the various environmental issues in the Inland Valley, as well as educate users on the history of this region through experimental/documentary storytelling.
Such as the Jaime & Rocha Families, turned activists, who moved to Fontana for a better, quieter lifestyle, which was interrupted by rezoning and large warehouses that, over a period of two years, enclosed their home and community.
Or a vignette of a large ranch, where Chivas (goats) and machinery juxtapose each other as they face each other over the street. The machines are ready to buy up and flatten land and space to make ware for warehouses.
Despite the severity of the issue, it is also important to highlight images of celebration, healing, and love. Within the vignettes, we also include how the community continues their lives and traditions, despite unjust health conditions.
The finished project would serve as a community virtual archive, a bulletin board of messages to allies across the nation, and most importantly, it would serve as a multimedia educational site that has a curriculum and a tool for impact strategy to help advance the goals of the communities and organizers of the Inland Valley that are working towards cleaner air and safer home environments.
One of the goals of this project is to localize the climate emergency that is upon us all. A large part of people’s attitude and understanding of climate change is correlated to rising seas and melting ice caps, but they are never tied to industries that operate without our own backyards.
We hope that this project could bring a better understanding of how the climate crisis affects us all, from land development to the movement of goods, and the air quality. This project hopes to bring it all home.