There are rising CO2 ppm numbers, warming and increasingly acidic oceans, shifting species populations, shrinking arctic sea-ice cover and volume… all manner of facts, figures, and data-crunching computer models to aid scientists in understanding the nature and consequences of climate disruption.
But there’s a more visceral aspect to global warming.
A feeling summoned even in the most cynical soul by a world still full of beauty and wonder, it is a strained thread that connects each human to the Earth and belies the competing economic models, political affiliations, and tribal xenophobias that have plagued humanity throughout time. But our time is different, and the consequences of our actions so enormous that we must be reminded what binds us together in a common global fate.
It is for that connection to the Earth we each share, for better or worse, that inspired Søren Rud to organize 100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear, a photo exhibition recently opened in Copenhagen. Meant as an inspiration for “the common person,” 100 Places is also a call to action for world leaders as they soon converge on the city to negotiate a climate treaty at the COP15 Climate Conference this December (and what inspires this post on Blog Action Day).
The idea is to “do the opposite that the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] does,” says Rud. “They put all the facts and scientific information in a big report that is very difficult to read, we explain for ordinary people what is at stake. By communicating directly to people on the street, we want to touch their emotions and sharpen their awareness on the impacts of climate change. Only if people know what’s at risk, are they willing to act.”
Connie Hedegaard, Danish Minister of Climate and Energy, opened the exhibition on September 26, saying that it gives “at least one hundred concrete reasons why we must have a climate agreement this year.”
Vist the One Hundred Places