climate change: what Cornell and Puerto Rico share


As the main caregiver to his disabled brother, Robert, Joseph Cornell experienced what the communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change go through. Our bilingual installation was inspired by a quote from his sister Betty describing their predicament, shown along with quotes by survivors from Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico.

The death toll on Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria officially stands at 2,975 as of August 2018.1 A study by Harvard published in July 2018 estimated the actual death toll is closer to 4,600 but states that the number is still imprecise.

The percentage of those with a disability in the 50 US States for 2016 was 12.8%. In 2016, the prevalence of disability in Puerto Rico was 21.4 %. This represents 726,100 out of 3,386,000 individuals.3 There are no statistics on the number of people with disabilities in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017

Many people in Puerto Rico have not fully recovered from Hurricane Maria. If you would like to help you can contact UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program To Support Puerto Rico https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/

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