By Martin Heinrich Press Office
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will help showcase an art exhibit featuring photographs by International League of Conservation Photographer Krista Schlyer on the Southwest borderlands that will be on display this week in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall documents the impacts of border wall construction on the communities, lands, and wildlife along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I’m proud to help bring this photography exhibit to Washington, D.C. so we can show a real picture of the vibrant life in our nation’s borderlands in the Southwest,” said Senator Heinrich. “The heated rhetoric about our border region coming from the White House is wildly out of touch with the realities of our experiences in New Mexico. This exhibit shows why a border wall would be so harmful—both with its impact on the environment and its impact on the families that call this region home.”
“For more than a decade, the construction of a US-Mexico border wall has been fundamentally impacting borderlands communities. I’m hoping the Continental Divide exhibit in the Senate will help members of Congress see the devastating costs of wall construction to the people, wildlife, and ecosystems of the borderlands,” said photographer Krista Schlyer.
Senator Heinrich is the honorary co-host of the exhibit and will deliver remarks at a reception at 5 p.m. in 385 Russell Senate Office Building along with U.S. Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Filemon Vela (D-Tex.) and Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), and residents of the U.S.-Mexico border region impacted by border wall construction. Following the reception, photographer Krista Schlyer will guide attendees through the exhibit, which is on display during the entire the week of June 11 to June 15 in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda.
The photo exhibit is organized by a coalition of organizations including American Rivers, Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rachel’s Network, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society.