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.
The clock is ticking on the climate negotiations. Even whilst the talks are stalling, civil society is coming together in a powerful and impactful way.
John Quigley from Spectral Q created this phenomenal aerial image here in Bonn, Germany. An incredible coalition of NGOs came together to create this event and they engaged me to to capture it all. 45M in the air and trying to protect three cameras from the rain were the joys of this little job. It was phenomenal the way over 500 people in the rain and cold lay down on the grass to form this powerful aerial message.
Paraphrasing Obama we told leaders 'YES YOU CAN' reach a good deal in Copenhagen, You can see some photos here or here. Please download these images from the first address and share widely. (Be sure to credit Robert van Waarden / Spectral Q.)
The number 350 relates to parts per million. It is the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number--it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. I encourage you strongly to check out 350.org and consider hosting an event on October 24.