Empathy and Connection
in Environmental Storytelling

This is the first talk of a series called “Visualizing the Environmental Emergency”, a research project curated by Maria Teresa Salvati, around the multi-faceted visualization of the climate crisis that tries to shed light on how this type of communication should and could change to move people towards action. 
 
Talk #1 – EMPATHY AND CONNECTION IN ENVIRONMENTAL STORYTELLING 
 
The current global coverage of the environmental emergency and the climate crisis consists mostly of single images, often related to environmental photography. How can contemporary photography use its visual power to create stories that trigger empathy, closeness and connectedness, and inspire people to act?
The Anthropocene has radically and dangerously changed the relationship between humans and nature. This is forcing us to review the way we live our lives, and redress the negative impacts. Everyone is asked to do their bit in order to reduce their planetary footprint and live a more sustainable life.

How can contemporary photography have an important role in defining, inspiring and touching people’s emotions towards this goal? Are we asking too much of photographers, or do they have a responsibility in environmental storytelling? 

Now more than ever we need people to feel connected with nature, the issues, and other people across the planet. We need to understand how contemporary photography can have a very important role.
This event features Maria Teresa Salvati and guest speaker Mattia Marzorati, moderated by Dr Paul Lowe.
 
This event is produced by Everything is Connected supported by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and hosted by VII Insider.

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