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Wed Apr 26, 2017, 07:19 PM

These images carry dire warning about climate change, but still hope; millenials are getting it

These Images Carry a Dire Warning About Climate Change

Polar photographer Paul Nicklen is capturing some of Earth's most remote places before they disappear.

By John Light | April 21, 2017

(Link has video)



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They couldn’t linger. “All of a sudden a blizzard came up, a massive storm — 80 knots of wind — so we had to go and hide,” Nicklen recalls. For protection, the best choice was to sail behind Nordaustlandet, a large, ice-covered island in the Svalbard archipelago. “And the temperature, even though we’re 600 miles from the North Pole, was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. And you’ve got all the waterfalls pouring off the Nordaustlandet ice cap.”

Nicklen snapped a photo — and, on this balmy day in the Arctic, captured a potent picture of climate change: A wall of ice in a steel-colored sea, with water pouring from the top of it.

“You go from the dead bears to this, and then look at the science — you come to understand that if we wait for the streets of New York or Miami to be flooded from rising sea levels, then we’ll be 200 years too late,” he says.

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They’ll be the first place where species — and entire ecosystems — disappear, and Nicklen may be one of the last humans to witness them before they go. He is known for braving extremes to document inaccessible and inhospitable environments, and disseminating his photos far and wide. His two most common venues are the pages — digital and print — of National Geographic, and an Instagram account with 3.1 million followers. A TED talk he gave in 2011 showcasing his work has been viewed nearly 2 million times. His gallery will add one more venue.

Link to Ted talk:
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_nicklen_tales_of_ice_bound_wonderlands

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Nicklen grew up in an Inuit community on Canada’s Baffin Island. He loved the Arctic environment, and initially decided to become a wildlife biologist for the Canadian government. Repeatedly, however, Nicklen saw the data he collected have little impact on policy makers who controlled the future of the ecosystems he worked in. “To come out with data sets, and to be completely ineffective, was such a slap in the face,” he remembers. He turned instead to photography. “That took another seven years, of being a starving photographer, just out there trying,” he says. His hard work paid off: For more than a decade and a half now, Nicklen’s pictures of our changing Arctic ecosystems have reached a global audience.

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But it’s not yet time to despair. Nicklen is starting to see signs of a shift. “Ten years ago I’d say the word ‘climate change’ in a lecture and people would kind of roll their eyes,” Nicklen says. People are starting to listen — but not fast enough. “The problem with humans is we sort of deny, deny, deny, panic,” he continues. “And right now we’re in the denial phase.”

Millennials are the exception. They’re already panicking — and that gives Nicklen hope. “Now, if I get any opposition, I’ll have 200 millennials rise to the occasion and take on the opposer. They get it, they’re smart, they’re not in denial. They’re willing to be inconvenienced. To see true change, we have to be uncomfortable.“

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http://billmoyers.com/story/these-images-carry-a-dire-warning-about-climate-change/

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Wed Apr 26, 2017, 07:32 PM

1. That is an alarming image.

Some days, I can barely stand to read through just the titles in DUs Environment & Energy forum, the news is so depressing.

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Wed Apr 26, 2017, 07:41 PM

2. ONe of the reasons I posted it is that the photographer says things are changing; "It's not yet

time to despair."

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Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:03 AM

4. I don't put too much hope

on millennials given the fact that the baby boomers were the love and peace hippies and all the ideology that went with it. Now most are conservatives who are greedy, prejudiced and don't care about the planet.

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