Guest Post: @bobramsak for @everydayclimatechange We all remember our first time. Mine came late on a chilly sun-drenched morning midway through a bouncy ride on a boat filled with tourists on the Last Hope Sound. We were journeying through a picturesque setting that included cliffs of nesting condors and a massive rock that’s home to a cormorant breeding colony, framed all the while by dramatic peaks in the distance that grew taller the further on we traveled. We were moving at a decent clip, bouncing over the wind-swept waves when Balmaceda came into view, the mountain that's home to its eponymous glacier. Ice clung to the rock behind a curtain of fog that lingered over the higher portion of the mountain; just below, the bright whitish aqua of the glacier abruptly turned to a brown stone that cried into the sound. I was momentarily saddened that my first contact with a glacier saw cascading mountain runoff as a metaphor for tears. Just fifteen years ago, our guide said, the base of the glacier was at sea level. It’s said that the navigator Juan Ladrillero gave the sound its name back in 1557, thinking it was his last chance to reach the Strait of Magellan. Instead he reached a dead end at a glacier. For the rapidly retreating Balmaceda, all hope is gone. I felt glad that I made the opportunity to add it to my ‘So Very Glad I Saw it Before it Disappears’ file. Balmaceda Glacier, Last Hope Sound, Patagonia, Chile #glacier #globalwarming #patagonia #chile #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal Check out our friends @everydayafrica@everydaylatinamerica @everydayusa@everydaymiddleeast @everydayiran@everydayeverywhere @azdarya We're beginning to re-post photos with hashtag #everydayclimatechange
If you’re on Instagram and not following Everydayclimatechange, you really should be. And not only because they reposted one of my photos yesterday.
My intention today, with this post here, was to inaugurate a new series in which I introduce and give a shout out to five photographers each week that I’ve come across on Instagram whose work inspires and deserves a wider audience. Since I can’t pass up the opportunity to reshare this shot again –selfish, I know—I decided to slightly alter this intro by focusing on five photographers whose work I discovered through EverydayClimateChange.
The core group comes from all corners of the planet, united in their passion to document the alarming impact of man-made climate change through the images and stories that they share. Officially launched on New Year’s Day, EverydayClimateChange has already attracted, as of this morning, more than
12.7 12.8 13.1 thousand followers. You can join them here.
There’s also an associated Facebook page and they’ve just launched a blog on The Huffington Post. The first post is here.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy browsing their work. First up..
Caroline Bennett / @carobennett / carolinebennett.com / Twitter / Facebook
I can’t remember if I first came across Caroline Bennett’s work through EverydayClimateChange or EverydayEcuador. In any case, I’m glad it was shared. Her work is remarkable, conveying the strong connection between the people she photographs and the environment in which they live. Preserving and portraying dignity is important to Bennett; she walks that line exceptionally well. She’s currently based between San Francisco and the Amazon region.
This shot was taken in Sarayaku, Ecuador.
Latest for @everydayclimatechange "Our indigenous communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change,” Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador and countless others have told me time and again. "Our elder wisdom-keepers have been warning us for many years, they knew about this but weren’t listened to. They said there would be problems if we continued preying on Mother Nature, causing impacts so great they won’t only affect nature but also humankind. We are out of time, now is the moment for us to be responsible and bet on life as our existence on this planet depends on it.” There are solutions! The earth’s climate is changing in ways that have profound global impacts on its lands, waters and peoples as we enter unchartered territory. Our success in building resiliency as a species depends on how well we understand, predict and adapt to a fundamentally different planet than the one we have inhabited throughout the Holocene. The scientific and academic communities have made significant advances in understanding the behavior and dynamics of Earth’s systems, but a very important voice has largely been missing from the conversation about climate change. What role should ancient wisdom play in confronting our biggest modern challenges? What could western science learn from indigenous knowledge and practices? #climatechange #indigenousvoices #solutions #climate #amazon #wisdom #explore @amazonwatch #everydaylatinamerica #TPS1Million @thephotosociety