Guest Contributors: live and coming soon
through the lens of Robert Irwin
Right now, our precious planet Earth is at a tipping point. There are many colossal threats facing the world’s wildlife and natural habitat, from the highest Co2 emissions in recorded history to the overfishing of our water ways, pollutants poisoning the very air we breathe and the water we drink, and the depletion of wildlife numbers through poaching and habitat loss. However, the greatest overarching matter now is climate change. Climate change does not just mean warmer temperatures, it has a tremendous influence on our natural world and its effects can be felt in so many different ways, which in turn affects us, humans. It is a historic time, and our natural world is suffering, but it is certainly not too late to make a difference if we act right now, and I believe in the next generation to do just that.
Through Australia Zoo, and our non-profit organisation, Wildlife Warriors, my family and I have always been so passionate about the conservation of the world’s flora and fauna, and on our travels I have seen how climate change touches so many different animals. It would be utterly devastating to lose these species, and I look forward to sharing some of these creatures that I have documented through my passion for photography.
through the lens of Stephen Dupont
I have been photographing war, natural disasters and the human condition most of my life. Without realising till recently I suppose, I have also witnessed through my lens and notes what the world sees now as Climate Change or Climate Crisis. Drought, rising temperatures and oceans and natural disasters are pushing populations into more and more urban environments creating mega cities and greater problems in the end for Humanity I believe. I have gazed upon the living and the dead in earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis and most recently in my own backyard, the catastrophe of bushfires. While the ice melts, the oceans rise and the land cooks and burns, you would have to be lying to yourself if you deny that we are living through a very real global fight for survival, a fight to save the planet from extinction and a right to protest. It is my generation and older that are to blame for this mess and when I look at my 12 year old daughter and her fears and anxiety about the future of her world, I knot with shame. She acts in every way to try and live a sustainable way, she protests out of school and idolises young Greta. She’s been an inspiration to me that has literally turned my universe upside down. In my very small way I can capture life in all its tragedy and beauty that might make just a little difference, bring a little more awareness, shine a light on our greatest problem today. It feels like my life in photography and what I have documented, everything I have witnessed has been leading to this moment. It is like every story I have ever covered has been leading me to this ultimate story that is Climate Change. The world needs to wake up now, people need to accept that we are living on a ticking time bomb and collectively work for the “environment" right now. In the words of my friend and mentor Bob Brown, “action is better than depression”.
Portrait of Stephen Dupont by Lucy Pinter
Share your images, see what others are capturing and how we are responding. These images chart impacts as well as solutions. They are striking and often beautiful but reveal a planet in peril.
Whether it is drought and fire-scarred homes, tropical animals in once-cool waters, farmers installing wind turbines, protestors marching or kids planting trees – these are the new landscapes we are living in and caring for.
How to submit your own photo
Share your photos with @australianmuseum using the tag #CapturingClimateChange on Instagram or by using the Instagram mobile App.Go to Instagram
You can also upload now using this form for your image to be considered for our #CapturingClimateChange online exhibition
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This project was funded by The Horizon Foundation.