Picturing Climate Change

Sylvia Grace Borda's picture
March 21, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Fine Arts, Rural History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning

Picturing Climate Change || Webinar
March 21, 2022 (11am PST, 2pm EST, 6pm GMT)

Picturing Climate Change is a public forum exploring the role of photography, community engagement, and art-sci partnerships in ‘what is seen and unseen’ in relation to climate change, both from the ground and from the air. It has been programmed to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Forests.

Street Level Photoworks (Scotland) are pleased to host this event in collaboration with climate artists Sylvia Grace Borda (Canada) and J.Keith Donnelly(Scotland), the Rural Association of Betterment of Agro-pastorialists (Ethiopia), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Canada), Dundee City Council and UNESCO City of Design, and keynote speaker from NASA’s Crew Earth Observation team (NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas).

Climate conversations and actions are now involving a wide spectrum of  practitioners from a variety of fields, including researchers, horticulturalists, astrophysicists, engineers, planners, activists, artists, citizens and school children, to name a few. How can multidisciplinary arts collaborations change how we perceive climate challenges with immediate and international communities?
Researchers say emotion and imagination are urgently needed to reach people in ways information alone cannot
What are the real stories from the ground about environmental change? How can people better express what is happening to them?  Ecology and land rehabilitation a balance of culture and ecological knowledge to be co-presented in order to create real action. How can that work?
Climate change disproportionately affects people in low-and middle-income contexts who have done the least to contribute to it. Yet often these communities do not have the information or the channels they need to share or make informed decisions about how to prepare for climate change. Can simple actions and tools help make a difference? Can sharing examples and local knowledge lead to new ways to innovate? 
This event is supported in part by the British Council Creative Climate Commission, and the organisers also acknowledge the contributions of the many international collaborators and community participants who have all made this event possible.



Contact Info: 

Malcolm Dickson, Director, Street Level Photoworks and Honourary Senior Research Fellow, Dundee University
Street Level Photoworks, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland G1 5HD