Visualizing the climate crisis:

This is the fourth talk of the series, Visualizing the Climate Crisis, which explores the potential and the role that contemporary photography, together with different disciplines, can have in addressing the multi-layered theme of climate change. The series features visual journalists doing evidence-based, research-informed, image-led reporting on climate issues. They are in conversation with other professionals representing a diverse range of disciplines, trying to explore the possibility of thinking beyond photography in a genuinely trans-disciplinary approach to expand reach, involve the wider public, and move people from being inspired to taking action. 

This event features Raphael Alves (Documentary Photographer) and Louise Fedotov-Clements (Artistic Director), in conversation with Maria Teresa Salvati (Founder and Director of Everything is Connected), moderated by Paul Lowe (Reader in Documentary Photography at UAL, London).

BRA0x. IRANDUBA (BRASIL), 05/09/2023 -  Bomberos y brigadistas forestales trabajan para contener un incendio y en una zona verde, entre Manaos e Iranduba, Amazonas, Brasil, el 5 de septiembre de 2023. Con la estación seca, aumenta el número de incendios en la Amazonía. EFE/ Raphael Alves

Ph. Credit Raphael Alves

Deforestation refers to the decrease in forest areas across the world. Forests are lost to make space for agriculture and animal grazing and to obtain wood for fuel, manufacturing, and construction. Greatly accelerated by human activities since 1960, deforestation has been negatively affecting natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and the climate. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the annual rate of deforestation to be around 1.3 million km2 per decade.

According to a report by WWF the EU is one of the world’s largest importers of tropical deforestation and associated emissions, second only to China. Between 2005-2017, soy, palm oil and beef were the commodities with the largest embedded tropical deforestation imported into the EU, followed by wood products, cocoa and coffee.

How can ‘deforestation’ be visualized? Can visual storytellers, social innovators, and artistic directors work together to tell the whole story and the connectedness of all, to the wide public? How can we make people aware that their living and cultural habits have an impact on the forests, and consequently the loss of biodiversity? How do we show the impact of deforestation on the climate, which has side effects on our lives too?
This series is organized by Everything is Connected; UAL, University of the Arts London; and VII Insider.

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Planetary Health and Visual Culture - David Cross

Education – Science – Visual Art

The need for a Xenourbanism - Rossella Ferorelli

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Secret Sarayaku - Misha Vallejo

Education – Social Innovation – Visual Art

Photography and the climate emergency - Symposium III

Education – Science – Visual Art

Empathy and Connection in Environmental Storytelling

Education – Science – Visual Art

Beyond photographic limits - L. Fritz Magazine

Mass Media – Visual Art

Alternative Aesthetics in Environmental Storytelling

Education – Science – Visual Art

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Science – Visual Art

Towards Trans-disciplinarity

Education – Public Space – Science – Visual Art

How photography can address climate crisis as a social justice issue

Education – Mass Media – Visual Art

Contemporary Photography
and Public Engagement

Education – Public Space – Science – Social Innovation – Visual Art

Visualizing the Climate Crisis:
Ocean acidification

Science – Visual Art

Visualizing the Climate Crisis:
the Fashion System

Education – Mass Media – Visual Art