Climate Change via Instagram

Dec 2015

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.



A photo posted by Studio Olafur Eliasson (@studioolafureliasson) 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.


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?

  1. What an interesting post! That top photo of the man in the flooded streets outside Bangkok speaks more than a thousand words. Hmmm… How can people believe climate change is a hoax? Even here in Vancouver, our winter weather has changed drastically over the years – we get way more wicked and furious rain and wind storms now.

  2. What a genius idea for a post! The photos are startling. I find it baffling that there are those who don’t believe we have problem. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Such a clever idea and an intriguing collection of photos and commentary. People who refuse to believe climate change is real are (aside from being stupid iMHO) not able to understand the difference between day to day weather and climate change. Discouraging , but at least smart people believe, care and are taking action.

  4. This is a great visual post to showcase the impact global warming in having. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Thanks for compiling these photos on climate change from Instagram. Powerful images and scary beauty.