Gold 2017 / Editorial / Environmental

Sea Level Rise: Visualizing Climate Change

  • Photographer
    Carrie and Eric Tomberlin

Situated in the world’s largest river delta, Bangladesh is considered to be amongst the world’s most vulnerable populations to the effects of climate change. Like New Orleans and Amsterdam, Bangladesh is at sea level, making it susceptible to seasonal storms and rising seas which are exacerbated by global warming. Though facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, the Bangladeshi are not merely coping but adapting utilizing community - based adaptations which provide an example of how the rest of the world needs to take action locally, nationally, and internationally. Having photographed environmental issues for many years, we find images for visualizing climate change limited due to the gradual and elusive nature of the problem. To combat this challenge, in our photographs we collect a range of time and collapse it into a singular allegorical narrative. Paralleling environmental issues, the accumulation of time reveals the reality of the situation more clearly than any individual moment.