At Oxfam, we campaign on climate change because it hits poor people first and worst.
Yet most of us, in our day-to-day lives, still don't have a clear sense of how global warming really affects the lives, rights and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. If we are going to get people to wake up to the need for urgent action, then bridging this gap is critical.So how do we "humanize" climate change?
How do we show the effects of climate change are real, that communities all around the world are feeling them? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
That’s why we're one of the organizations sponsoring a major international photo exhibition entitled “Turning the Tide”.
It will be seen by Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers and thousands of delegates during the main annual Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2009.
The exhibition will feature winning entries from a photographic competition conducted among young people from 12 communities affected by climate change.
The best photo entries (one from each location) will be made into posters displaying the photographs and stories of the selected 'climate witnesses.'
These posters will form the basis of the Turning the Tide exhibition, which has been organized through British Council offices and the Maldives Mission in Geneva.
You still have a few days to enter the competition, deadline is January 31.
The British Council site has all the information you need on how to enter and where to upload photos.
Help us promote it. Spread the word.
At this point, we need to do everything we can to help turn the tide.