As leaders from all over the world gather in Copenhagen for the World Climate Conference, I thought it might be worthwhile to re-post something I originally published for Blog Action Day 2009.
By nature I am an optimist, so I still hold a flicker of hope that on this last day of the conference, some form of climate action will be established this year. This is no daunting task. This treaty needs the support of the entire world. If you want to add your name to a petition urging our world leaders to make concessions and reach an agreement, you can add your signature HERE. This is the largest petition I have ever seen and think it says a lot about the challenges surrounding this issue.
Blog Action Day: Climate Change - originally published on 10/15/09
Today is the day that thousands of bloggers are uniting to write about one single issue: Climate Change. It's an issue that affects every single person on this earth, regardless of country, social class or occupation. We are all responsible for our own actions even when we don't realize that the small things we do each day are having significant affects on people across the globe.
Now is a good time to stop and think about our actions and the unintended consequences those actions may have. How do our actions affect ourselves, our neighbors, our fellow countrymen and women, the rest of the world and most importantly our children and their children's children? Climate change is not just a name for an invisible force but a living, breathing organism. Climate change is essentially the Earth. It's our home and we are responsible for it.
I don't pretend for a moment to have an answer for the climate change dilemma. I don't think anyone knows exactly what to do, but in my opinion awareness of one's own actions and the changes that are already happening are an important step in the process. With that said, I have compiled a few links to photographers that are doing great work surrounding the issue of climate change. Take a moment to visit some of these links.
Photographer James Balog and his EIS team have undertaken an ambitious project to document the Earth's disappearing glaciers by setting up 27 time lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Alaska, Iceland and the Rocky Mountains. What this has resulted in is over two years of continuous monitoring and a body of work that is absolutely astonishing. If you're still a climate change skeptic, please visit this site and look at the photos and videos.
China's Growing Sands
Photographer Sean Gallagher has lived and worked all over the world and has recently been turning his focus to social and environmental issues in Asia with an emphasis on China. His project about China's Growing Sands is a well-rounded story about desertification in China. The images are shockingly beautiful and haunting. I have visited Sean's work repeatedly and am struck by the power his images have.
Facing Climate Change
Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele are a documentary team that have been working on a personal project titled Facing Climate Change. They combine photography, audio and writing to communicate these stories in a compelling way. The work they are doing is incredibly important and more relevant than ever. Visit their work and look through some of the stories they are telling.
What personal stories do you have that relate to climate change? What consequences do your actions have and what can you do to minimize your impact? Please share any links and stories that you think relevant to the discussion on climate change.