Decade of Change is coming to New York Climate Week

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Currently on show at Hong Kong’s Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, the inaugural Decade of Change exhibition is next set to tour to The Nest Summit for Climate Week NYC in collaboration with the Climate Museum

Around the world, governments are repeatedly failing to act on climate change. But photography can serve as a mirror. A warning sound. A vehicle for truth. 

From 1854 and British Journal of Photography, the Decade of Change award is a global environmental initiative conceived to harness the universal power of art to galvanise climate action. The inaugural exhibition – currently on show at Hong Kong’s Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change – will be coming to The Nest Summit for Climate Week NYC in collaboration with the Climate Museum from 21-22 September 2021.

© Hermann Bredehorst, Decade of Change 2020 Single Image Winner.

Uniting leaders in photography, politics, research and activism, the event will center around two series, 40 single images and one moving image. In the Series Competition, Vijay Jodha’s First Witnesses tells the poignant story of Indian farmers who commit suicide after erratic climate-induced weather patterns render their farms unviable, thus destroying their livelihoods. “Globally, we are more alive to the common challenges, be it climate change or a pandemic,” says Jodha on what the award means to him. “The involvement of everyone – from the arts community to the scientists and political leaders – offers the possibility of tackling this issue even if some others are laggards.”

Evangelos Daskalakis’ Kawsak Sacha, meanwhile, ruminates on humankind’s capacity to co-exist with the natural world, set amongst an indigenous Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian Amazonia. “The struggle of the natives in Ecuador is nothing more than a small piece in the [broader] mosaic of the destruction of our natural world,” says Daskalakis. “We have to learn from these communities, and realise that the capitalist vision of endless growth has driven us into deadlock.”

© Evangelos Daskalakis, Decade of Change 2020 Series Winner

Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Single Image Competition covers the categories ‘People’, ‘Urban’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Futures’. Amongst the winners, Lena C Emery highlights the little-understood importance of fungi, namely as a vital agent in relieving the pressures we put on the natural world and its resources. Raquel Rivas Navas considers the impending wave of ‘climate migration’ as certain regions are rendered uninhabitable due to climate change, and Slater King muses on the human cost of plastic pollution.

In its entirety, the inaugural Decade of Change award unites artistic voices from around the world in an urgent and masterful exploration of the climate crisis — celebrating all that we have to protect, cautioning all that we have to lose, and capturing the weight of the problem in a language that’s accessible to all. “Scientists provide data that warns us of the unfolding tragedy. But the human cost is real, and terrible,” muses Paul Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of CDP and part of the inaugural Decade of Change judging panel. “Great art can make us feel this dreadful truth — and, perhaps, drive us to action.”

© Slater King, Decade of Change 2020 Single Image Winner.
© Vijay Jodha, Decade of Change 2020 Series Winner

Decade of Change is currently on show at the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong, until 30 September, and will be on show at The Nest Summit for Climate Week NYC in collaboration with the Climate Museum between 21-22 September 2021.