Recently I’ve been contributing to the Everyday Climate Change (ECC) group feed on Instagram, as I’ve previously mentioned. Initiated by Tokyo-based photographer, my friend and colleague James Whitlow Delano, and involving a selected group of photographers covering 5 continents, the group has been trying to raise awareness in our own small way, through our images from our travels and assignments, of what climate change looks like, in many countries, on a daily basis.
The rapid growth and success of #EverydayClimateChange has pleased us, already within two months of beginning the Instagram channel has grown to have over 10,000 followers, and our images and the feed have been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic PROOF, Brazilian and French websites, and Inside Climate News.
Photograph by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert @JshPhotog Haruyuki Yoshizawa (of the Iwate Kuzumaki town's Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Energy department) scrapes the snow from solar panels on the 'Eco energy show homes' , Kuzumaki, Iwate-Ken, in Japan. Kuzumaki town has become known for its energy self sufficiency, harnessing sun and wind for power, using wood chip pellets from the bountiful forests to fire stoves, and using the manure of cows and their methane gas as a bio-mass energy source. An all important move to reducing climate change wrecking carbon emissions. EverydayClimateChange is pleased to support @DECCgovUK's #BackClimateAction #photography #COMPETITION, with #EverydayClimateChange photographer @JshPhotog, in UK, being asked to be on the competition's judging panel. The @DECCgovUK competition: What does Climate Change mean to you? Show us in a picture and share on Instagram or Twitter from 20 Feb – 6 March. Please include hashtag #BackClimateAction. The winner will win a photography workshop & a boat trip to photograph an offshore wind farm! Winner will be announced w/c 16 March. Terms & conditions at bit.ly/BCAPic #ClimateChange #EverydayClimateChange #GlobalWarming #GlobalWarmingIsReal #RenewableEnergy #renewables #sustainable #energy #Power #CleanEnergy #Kuzumaki #Iwate #Japan #JSHarchive #JeremySuttonHibbert ＃日本
For the next two weeks ECC is supporting the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as they host an Instagram competition asking people to contribute images of climate change and what it means to them. Very nicely, as the UK-resident ECC photographer, I’ve been asked to join Natural History Museum Director, Sir Michael Dixon, Creative Director at Getty Images, Anthony Holland Parkin, TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts, and our Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, in being on the competition judging panel. I look forward to seeing the entries and helping choose a worthy winner.
Photograph by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert @JshPhotog Happy Valentine's Day, or is it? Is your Valentine's card a product of deforestation and thus contributing to climate change? WWF-UK reported this week that in a survey of Valentine's cards bought by them in UK high street stores, and sent for testing, that 10% of the products "contained various amounts of Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH), meaning that the fibres had most likely come from natural growth tropical forests." The Independent newspaper reporting on the WWF survey noted that "Legislative loopholes in the EU Timber Regulation, introduced in 2013 to prevent illegally logged wood from being imported into Europe, mean that not all imported timber and wood products are covered by the regulation. Greetings cards, books and musical instruments fall outside the regulations." WWF is currently campaigning to close these loopholes. Global demand for wood is expected to triple by 2050. Last year in the UK the market for greetings cards was valued at £1.29 billion, with an average of 31 cards bought per person per year. It is estimated that deforestation is responsible for up to 20% of all greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere contributing to the climate change around us. #ClimateChange #EverydayClimateChange #GlobalWarming #Deforestation #forests #WWF #GlobalWarmingIsReal #JeremySuttonHibbert #JSHarchive
But how to compete you ask? Well, here is the info from the DECC…
What does climate change mean to you? What feelings does it provoke? What do you most want to protect? Take part in the #BackClimateAction image competition to bring your climate change story to life. Enter on Instagram or Twitter, including the hashtag #BackClimateAction on your image caption, by 6 March to be in with a chance of winning a place on a photo workshop & a boat trip to photograph an offshore wind farm! Winner will be announced w/c 16 March. Competition details: bit.ly/BCAPic
And if you take part, good luck everyone!
Photograph by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert @Jshphotog —– In cloying mud a worker struggles with a metal cable to secure a recently felled tree, to enable it to be extracted from the forest. It was common to see workers using chainsaws to bring down the valuable trees, and working in conditions such as these, with no safety equipment or clothing, no boots, no gloves, no hard hats or proper clothes. Workers such as this man may find themselves working in a part of the country far from their home, living in 'loggers camps' where the prices of food in the store (owned by the company they work for) are not displayed and they only find out what they have spent when they see the deductions on their meagre wage slips. Should the men decide they've had enough and wish to return home to their families then they have to do so at their own expense, saving to buy the return ticket- hence the companies move the men to land far from their homes, a way of keeping them working, making it harder for them to quit. This image was shot for @Greenpeacepix, in the forest near Morere in the 'Turama extension' logging concession, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Saturday 6th September 2008. These forests are being felled by Turama Forest Industries – a group company of Malayasian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau. @Greenpeace state that up to twenty percent of global greenhouse emissions annually are caused by the deforestation of natural forests worldwide. #EverydayClimateChange #ClimateChange #PNG #PapuaNewGuinea #deforestation #Forest #trees #GlobalWarming #GlobalWarmingIsReal #labour Show us #ClimateChange where you live, post your images with the hashtag #EverydayClimateChnage and we'll repost the best ones. We're us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EvClimateChange.