Category Archives: Climate change

Communicating climate change, a plea for help

I am struggling to find a way to say what I feel about the huge threat we face from climate change. For me it is not about arguing the science but about showing what it will mean to our everyday lives.

In the UK there are many areas that are prone to changes in sea level. Some are sparsely populated while other sites, like London, are densely populated.

My initial thoughts are to keep the project flexible so that it can be shown in many different ways. That means juggling different media and then trying to integrate them in some way

I do not want to get into doom and gloom, but I do want to find a way of showing the material that grips the viewer, whoever that might be.

So, is it still photography, with/without sound? Stills with text, although I do not think people will read more than an extended caption? Video? Sound recordings? Or a combination of them all?

Links to anybody else that has done similar work, not necessarily of the same subject, will be much appreciated. Thanks


Not being part of the problem

The latest edition of the RPS journal is a travel special. There is a feature about Salgado and a quote on the front page “after the human species disappears the planet will rebuild itself”. This is a relatively common belief but it is flawed. The biggest issue is the artificial distinction between planet and humans. It suggests that we live in a separate world superimposed on the planet. But we are part of the Earth, not separate or above it but part of it. We come from it, live on it and return to it when we die. There is nowhere else for us.

We evolved to become the highest species although some would argue with that; as such we are related to every other living thing. If we die out everything else is likely to die too. It is not just us and them, we are them.

Steven Hawkins recently said that if we do not stop runway climate change there is a huge risk that the whole structure that supports life, all life, will disappear from the Earth. The remains would be another very hot sterile lump of rock like some of our neighbours.

It is time that people with influence stopped spouting stuff about the Earth healing itself when we are gone and got down to doing something positive. We can, repeat can, stop the worst of climate change if we act very quickly. We can turn around our destruction of the Earth if we have the will to do it.

It is also time that photographers took responsibility for their actions and stopped jetting off around the world to exotic locations just to take pics. There is no justification for it. We need a group of photographers who lead by example and fight climate change instead of contributing to it – Photographers Against Climate Change – PACC! Interested?