Robert van Waarden is a Dutch-Canadian photographer based in Amsterdam and Montreal. His work focuses on climate change photography, travel photography and commercial photography. His clients include National Geographic Traveler, the British Council and Canadian Geographic. Follow him on his journey as he captures changing climates and the life and land of the world for editorial and commercial clients.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Photographs of the Barcelona Climate Talks - UNFCCC Negotiations
Photographing live from the Barcelona Climate Talks......
An exhibit of my images of youth action around the world for climate change is displayed on the wall here at the center. One of the greatest challenges of communicating climate change is putting a human face on an intangible issue. This photography exhibit re-examines the methods of communication by highlighting the inspirational work that young people are undertaking across the globe in the face of the growing climate crisis.
Prior to this conference the head of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, has "accused countries of pushing science aside in favour of self-serving "political myopia" ahead of the vital Copenhagen summit". I wonder if his words will help move the governments of the world away from their political posturing and into a world of negotiations that reflect the scientific demands of our need to cut Carbon? I hope so.
Imagine on all seven continents, there are young people equipped to globally broadcast pivotal stories on impacts, struggles, and solutions. Imagine that you had one minute to tell negotiators how you wanted them to represent you. What would you say?
'We are a global network of youth journalists reporting from the frontlines of the climate crisis in the lead up to COP 15. Our seven new media teams, one for each continent, will report on the most compelling climate stories from around the world, amplify voices underrepresented by traditional media, and launch “Survival” to the forefront of the political debate.'
This is an incredible project that has the potential to help shift our world. It has great leadership, great ideas and a youth network second to none behind it. Expect to hear more from it in the future.