Climate Change via Instagram
The world’s largest climate change conference , The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is coming to a close in Paris. I thought it might be interesting take a look through my favorite social media channel, Instagram, and see what photojournalists are posting about one of the most important issues facing the future of our environment. Often the visual impact of a photo can have a dramatic affect on peoples’ perspective about a subject. What follows are some of the most popular post speaking to the subject. No words are needed, the images speak loudly for themselves.
Sarawut Saeteoe clears debris from a street in the flooded Taweewattana District on the western outskirts of Bangkok during the massive floods that devastated Thailand in 2011. This post is part of my ongoing exploration of my #drowningworld archive in the run up to the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. #globalwarming #gideonmendel #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #roadtoparis
With the opening of the UN conference on climate change in Paris this week, I (@danielbeltraphoto) want to share more of my photos from my archive of photos on topics related to global warming, including this view of melting on the Greenlandic ice sheet from 2014. #cop21 #climatechange #globalwarming #environmentalphotography #conservation #greenland #greenlandmelts #ice #glacier A photo posted by Everyday Climate Change (@everydayclimatechange) on
This was part of Ice Watch Paris where a team collected ice that has melted off the inland ice sheet. Twelve immense blocks of ice, harvested from free-floating icebergs in a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, were arranged in clock formation on the Place du Panthéon, where they will melt away during COP21. It’s incredible to watch some their other videos on their instagram account.
photo by Kadir van Lohuizen @noorimages #COP21_noor On the Carteret atolls, Papua New Guinea , a woman ‘harvests’ the seeds of water plants to cook them to have something to eat. Inhabitants face more very serious food shortages; malnutrition is common. Due to the rising sea level, sea water intrusion is common and the soil gets saline, therefor crops can not be grown and the water becomes undrinkable. Evacuation is urgent and becomes the only solution. #cop21 #noorimages #unep #wherewillwego #risingseas A photo posted by Kadir Van Lohuizen (@kadirvanlohuizen) on
Inmate firefighters watch the Butte Fire approach their fire line near San Andreas, California last month. The fire is now contained, but burned more than 70,000 acres, destroyed 475 homes and left two people dead. Shot #onassignment for @sactownmagazine @prime_collective #wildfire #drought #california #climatechange
A photo posted by Max Whittaker (@maxwhittaker) on
What I found most shocking in all of this was the fact that almost every post had someone leaving a comment about how the concept of climate change was a hoax-not happening or some other negative remark. Not sure what planet they are on-but it’s not in my world.
If you enjoyed this post, you might like to read one of the very early posts I wrote Climate Debate 101. Have you seen direct evidence of climate change on your travels?