Climate change refers to a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels, which raise the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, with severe dramatic effect on our daily life. These phenomena include the increased temperature trends – global warming – but also encompass changes such as sea level rise; ice mass loss in Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic and mountain glaciers worldwide; shifts in flower/plant blooming; and extreme weather events.
The project EverydayClimateChange (ECC) began as an idea of James Whitlow Delano and is carried out by over 30 photographers from 6 different continents who work in every corner of the planet. Initially originated as an Instagram feed to raise awareness of the emergency of climate change all over the world, ECC soon turned into a traveling exhibition, which offers the largest selection of photographs from the project ever displayed.
Assuming that photography is most powerful when it can communicate deeper meaning by freezing transience, EverydayClimateChange aims to present visual evidence that climate change doesn’t just happen “over there”, in far remote regions, but it is also happening “right here” and its various effects are visible all over the world.
It is only in the past ten years that media started dealing profusely with climate emergency, but as early as the late 50s, a niche of the scientific community had already started warning about this issue.
COP21, the climate change summit was held in Paris in December 2015. So climate change was finally, and still is, at the top of the agenda for a lot of global policy makers that would not ordinarily give it such a high priority.
On 20 August 2018, Greta Thunberg, 16 years old, staged an action outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament). That Friday she held a sign that read “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (“School strike for the climate”). The single action of this girl initiated the international movement Fridays for Future that, in the past months, has involved thousands of people, some extremely young, all over the world. On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in the striking and protesting.
ECC offers a wide and diversified view on climate change. Photographers come from the north, the south, the east and the west; and are as diverse as the cultures in which we were all raised. ECC presents the work of committed, enlightened photographers who share back stories, contextualizing not only the effects of climate change but also potential solutions to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases on our world.
The pace of climate change, compared to the frenetic news cycle, is slow, greenhouse gases are invisible and all this makes climate change easy to ignore. The goal of the ECC and its Instagram feed is to show that no one anywhere is immune to effects of climate change. The goal is to reach beyond the cloistered photography world and the stuffy halls of academia to those who will be most effected by climate change: in other words, all of US.
EVERYDAY CLIMATE CHANGE
Exhibition curated by Marta Cannoni and Livia Corbò in collaboration with James Whitlow Delano and Matilde Gattoni
Technical sponsor Fujifilm Italia
Organized by ImagOrbetello Photo Festival in collaboration with Photo Op
July 6 – August 18, 2019
Via Mura di Levante 7
Grosseto • Italy
from Monday to Sunday | 6 pm • 11 pm
The exhibition features photographs by: Rodrigo Baleia • Nina Berman • Ashley Crowther • James Whitlow Delano • Bernardo Deniz • Sima Diab • Luc Forsyth • Sean Gallagher • Balazs Gardi • Matilde Gattoni • Georgina Goodwin • Katharina Hesse• Esther Horvath • Ed Kashi • Suthep Kritsanavarin • Mette Lampcov • Peter Mather • Gideon Mendel • Palani Mohan • John Novis • Matthieu Paley • Paolo Patrizi • Michael Robinson Chavez • J.B. Russell • Vlad Sokhin • Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert • Sara Terry • Franck Vogel • Elisabetta Zavoli
cover photo ©Esther Horvath
Via Mura di Levante 7